Hughes hails Morten impact
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mark Hughes has spoken in glowing terms about the form of Morten Gamst Pedersen.Mark Hughes has spoken in glowing terms about the form of wide man Morten Gamst Pedersen.
The Blackburn chief seemed unconvinced about the Norwegian's ability to cope with the combative nature of The Premiership last season but has clearly been won over this term.
Pedersen closed last season in excellent form and has continued such improvement in to the new campaign - with a spectacular goal against Fulham last week a real highlight.
Hughes believes the player is now fully adapted to the pace and nature of English football - predicting a bright time ahead for the Scandinavian.
''This is the beginning of Morten's first full season,'' said Hughes.
''He is more tactically aware and can free himself more often than he did when he first came. Then it was all new to him.
''Morten has had the benefit if six months to adapt to The Premiership.
''He had a good pre-season and I feel he is strong, mentally as well. He will be a big player for us.
''His delivery at set pieces is excellent and he has good ability in the air and that cannot be said of many wingers.
''At first, I didn't know him as player or a guy. Now we know each other.
''Morten's personality is that he always has a smile on his face and maybe that made it easier to leave him out.''