First Team

Johnsen ready to fight for place

26th August 2016

Bjørn Johnsen's ready to hit the ground running.

Hearts' new boy Bjørn Johnsen is ready to fight for a place in the starting eleven following his debut against Inverness CT last Saturday.

The towering striker came on as a second-half substitute at Tynecastle and instantly adhered himself to the maroon faitfhul with a delightful backheel to set up a Sam Nicholson goal. 

Having been forced to bide his time as he waited on international clearance to seal his move to Gorgie, the US-born striker is now eager to hit the ground running. He admits, however, that he will have to be at his very best to earn himself a place in the starting eleven.

Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's trip to Firhill, Bjørn said:

“It was an amazing experience to make my debut at Tynecastle. The fans were great and I’ve had lots of good feedback from them.

“I’ve not been to a restaurant since without someone coming up to me with kind words, so it’s been really nice.

"I'm now looking to come here and get some stability and, of course, to help the team any way I can.

“I think my style of play is different to what is normal in Scotland. Obviously I’ll have to adapt to the game here, but at the same time I wanted to keep my style."

Bjørn faces competition from fellow strikers Robbie Muirhead, Tony Watt and Conor Sammon for a starting berth, but he insists that can only be a good thing in the long run.

“Last year I played in a team where there wasn’t really any competition for places. I think it’s better to be competing for a starting spot as it means we’re all pushing each other to be better.

“It then means that players come to training everyday with the understanding that they have to push themselves in order to play.

"I know I'll have to be at my best, but it’s better that way."