Henen’s task to get tough at Fleetwood

Belgian ace David Henen is ready to toughen himself up during his stay at Fleetwood Town.

The 19-year-old, on loan from Everton, is expected to make his first start at Highbury when Fleetwood face Swindon this afternoon.

And he is desperate to build on last weekend’s debut at Peterborough, where he hit the bar and missed a superb chance one-on-one with the keeper.

That was his first senior appearance and Henen learned a lot in 90 minutes at London Road which he is desperate to put into practice.

He said: “The first week was good because it was my first professional game.

“If we’d won it would have been better but it wasn’t too bad.

“I think the second half, when we played football, was better for me. I did everything but score. I want to score in my second game, which is my first at home.

“I want to prove myself and to show my quality for Fleetwood’s supporters.”

Henen’s main mission during his month-long Town stint is to get to grips with the rough and tumble of the English game, something the Belgain freely admits he’s a little behind on.

He expained: “I spoke with my agent and manager and every person in Everton, and they all said it’s better for me to go to League One because I have a little problem with the physical.

“I want to get out and get used to the contact.

“I like good football. I like Spanish football but I need to change to play in the Premier League and so it’s best I come here.

“The English game is very different. It’s like a different world. It’s better for me because I play number nine. To play in England, I need to get used to contact with the defender, like I’m getting here.”

Fleetwood boss Steven Pressley was encouraged by Henen’s first Town outing and believes the Premier League prospect has a lot of offer.

“I hope the fans will be excited to see David,” he said. He’ll continue to improve.

“Through the 90 minutes on Saturday he did that.

“He brings additional speed to the team. He gives us a threat on the transition.

“Hopefully it’s not just pace (he brings) but goals as well. I hope he can excite supporters and get them off their seat.”

Despite Henen’s very obvious talent, Pressley believes the physical side is only one aspect of the game he needs to learn.

“He’s been fine thus far,” said the Fleetwood boss. “But it’s one of the reasons Everton have been keen to get him out into the leagues – that part of his game he’ll have to get used to.

“He’ll also have to get used to the fact there’s a pressure on him to score and to win.

“But these are all the benefits of a young players coming out on loan.

“These are the things which will make him as a player or break him as a player.”