Everton were beaten to Markus Henriksen by Hull City last summer – but now he’s heading for the Championship rather than the Europa League.
At the conclusion of another excellent season in the Eredivisie, the agent of Norwegian midfielder Markus Henriksen claimed there were some rather exciting offers on the table for his client.
As reported by Football Oranje, Jim Solbakken claimed that Serie A giants AC Milan and Napoli had both expressed their interest in the influential AZ Alkmaar skipper – the latter having made an approach the previous January.
However, instead of playing Champions League football in Naples, Henriksen appears to be preparing for the Championship with Hull.
According to the BBC, the 24-year-old signed a two-and-a-half year deal with The Tigers in January after joining on loan from AZ in the summer. However, having ended the season with a grand total of zero goals, zero assists and just six Premier League starts, it’s fair to say his debut campaign in English football left a lot to be desired.
Consequently, few at Napoli will be losing much sleep about their failure to pair Henriksen with Marek Hamsik or Piotr Zielinski. And Everton could also be forgiven for thinking they have dodged a bullet.
Il Susso Diario claimed last summer that Henriksen had caught The Toffees’ eye and, at the time, it was easy to see why. Henriksen was one of the most dangerous attacking midfielders in the Eredivisie, his ability to time late runs perfectly before finishing off changes with skill and precision reminiscent of Frank Lampard in his prolific pomp.
He netted a hugely impressive 19 goals in 41 games in all competitions across 2016/17.
However, although injuries have taken their toll, Henriksen is yet to prove that he is more Ruud Van Nistelrooy than Vincent Janssen. He has time on his side but, for now, it’s difficult to argue that Henriksen is one that got away for Everton.