Fjortoft: Huseklepp can rip up the Championship

Norwegian striker Erik Huseklepp
Norwegian striker Erik Huseklepp
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Erik Huseklepp can cause havoc in the Championship.

That’s the verdict of Norway and Swindon legend Jan Aage Fjortoft, who is convinced the Pompey new boy can be a massive hit.

The Blues clinched a £1.5m deal for the forward after he underwent a medical yesterday.

Any transfer must be rubberstamped by the Football League and get international clearance, leaving Pompey with a wait to see whether Huseklepp will be given the green light to feature against Bristol City on Saturday.

In the meantime, compatriot Fjortoft is adamant Huseklepp – who will be unveiled today on a three-year deal – has the ability to make a big impact in English football.

Now a broadcast journalist, the former striker has seen plenty of the Norwegian international in action.

He believes the 26-year-old can operate on either flank or behind a main striker.

And if Pompey play to his strengths, Fjortoft is confident they will have themselves a star recruit.

He said: ‘Huseklepp is a player who can open up a game and will do very, very well in the Championship.

‘He is exciting, he plays with enthusiasm, he has no respect for people’s reputation in terms of he will always want to take them on with the ball.

‘When you have the great pace that he has you can do that all the time and no-one will catch you.

‘He is one of Norway’s best players and one of the main reasons the national team is climbing up the rankings.

‘As a Norwegian, it is about building up a reputation and going to the next level. You have to start somewhere.

‘I probably fancy him to surprise us all and end up playing in the Premier League. This is a great challenge to him.

‘He definitely has all the different abilities to succeed and the fans will love to watch him in action.

‘As for the opposition, they will find the hard thing is to mark him. He will wander from left to right and is very hard to pin down.

‘Then there is his pace and the fact he will take people on for fun.

‘No-one will want to face him in a one-on-one, I can tell you.’

Huseklepp made his name at Brann as a winger before joining Bari in January.

But he has established himself in the national side as a versatile forward.

And Fjortoft believes Huseklepp must be handed a free role at Pompey if he is to blossom.

He added: ‘Huseklepp must be given a defined role in the team to get the best out of him.

‘I believe his best position is a free role behind the striker. You definitely couldn’t use him as a lone forward.

‘He likes to move from right to left, so needs to be given that freedom

‘He’s got two good feet, so can play on either side, and is very good running with the ball at his feet directly at defenders.

‘Give him a free role and he will cause the opposition problems.’