Adkins can't understand Henriksen critics
Boss Nigel Adkins has come to the defence of Hull City captain Markus Henriksen amid continued criticism of the midfielder.
The 26-year-old has struggled to make a positive impact at the KCOM Stadium since his arrival from AZ Alkmaar in 2016 and was a regular target for fans' frustration during the 2017/18 season.
Despite his apparent on-field issues, Adkins took the decision to hand Henriksen the captaincy during the summer, claiming he is a good role model for the younger players to follow.
With Hull again struggling at the wrong end of the table, the Norway international has once more been the subject of criticism, prompting Adkins to step in and question why people have a negative opinion of the midfielder when he has done well for the Tigers this season.
"Markus Henriksen has done very well. People picked on him last season, I don’t know why, I wasn’t there. People always like to have negatives on certain players. It’s easy for people to follow what other people think," Adkins told the Hull Daily Mail.
"Markus is the captain, he’s an international and he’s done very well as the captain. You see what goes on at the training ground and how he conducts himself in training, he’s a good role model from that point of view and likewise he’s got the armband and I’m with him doing that."
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