Birmingham City New Loan Signings pt1….Eric Huseklepp   1 comment

Eric Husekleppp Debut at St Andrews

So Birmingham City have signed 5 players on loan until the end of the season, but what do you know about them? and their past footballing history . Here we will try to fill in all the blanks so you know them a lot better .

First through the door came striker/winger 27-year-old Norwegian international Erik Huseklepp signed from financially stricken Portsmouth .

He was born in Baerum Norway september 5th 1984, Huseklepp started his senior career with Fylligen at the age of 20 in 2004 where he spent 12 mths making 42 appearances with them before moving on to SK Brann in 2005. He spent the next 5 1/2 years on the fringes of the 1st team mainly being used as an impact player until he had a falling out with the club over a planned move to Celtic which he claimed was ruined by Brann for not reaching an agreement, only for then to see AS Bari come in and pay £1.5million for him a week after the Celtic deal collapsed in January 2011.

Erik Huseklepp

He played 14 games for Bari before they were relegated to Serie B and with the following financial problems brought on by relegation Bari were forced to let him go and

Portsmouth stepped in with a 1.5million bid which Bari agreed and he signed a 3 year contract with the Championship team at the start of the 2011/12 season. He went on to make 27 appearances for Pompey before financial problems then administration meant Pompey had to lighten the wage bill and he moved to Birmingham City on a 6 month loan in February 2012 with view to permanent deal  much to Portsmouth’s fans dismay.

So he has been at 2 clubs and both sold him because of their  financial problems, so lets hope the only hat-trick he gets is on the pitch with goals.

I also had a look around the internet in some of the forums and below are some of the thoughts from the Pompey fans.

A very promising player who since he joined has just got better and better.

It is obvious that he is still learning the game and as yet we are not sure if his best position is on the wing or down the middle or even both as a forward.

He was one of our best players and one we were hoping to have a great future at our club. It is very sad to see him go. I understand why and wish him all the best in his new career at Birmingham City.

To be honest I did not find a bad word said against him and i can see why he talks so highly of the club, fans and also the fact he would love to knock Southampton out of the top 2 places. Lets hope we show him the same affection and one day he will want to turn over the vile as much as we do.

Another place I looked was of course the Birmingham City Norwegian Supporters Club for some insight into this young player, but without speaking Norwegian this became a semi dead-end. I have sent an email asking for their thoughts and as soon as I get it I will add it to this article. In the mean time I did find this report in Norwegian which Google translated, much to my amusement. I added it below, enjoy.

Birmingham City Norwegian Supporters Club Website Link

But the team went on a surprising 1-2-bang against the bottom team Nottingham Forestand lost ground to Southampton in the promotion battle.

– Of course there was disappointment that we lost. But the team has not lost at home before this season. Sometimes it so that the loss comes when you least expect it, saysKlepp Remember to BA.


Huseklepp was inserted as a striker when 22 minutes remained on the clock.Birmingham was below 1-2 and hunted desperately goals.

Huseklepp was not the savior Birmingham fans were hoping for, but he had several niceinvolvements during his tenure on the court.

– It was okay. I feel like I had shown me a little forward, said Huseklepp.

NEAR Scoring

With a little more luck would have actually been scoring. Huseklepp was in the process of puzzling through the Nottingham-defense when he was stopped at the last minute.

– I came almost to a chance, but I did not find the opening to shoot, says Husekleppabout the situation that arose at the very end.

He was also close to a crossbar return. Huseklepp won head duel in the field, but had tosee the header to be averted.


Thus it was no dream debut. Now Huseklepp do everything he can to become the first choice of manager Chris Hughton.

– I arrived two days ago, so I did not expect me I should play from the start today. I hope to play from start gradually, that’s what I plan, he said.

– I feel in very good shape.

Tonight puts Huseklepp heading back to Portsmouth, where he is until Monday. As the journey continues on to Belfast to prepare for Norway friendly against Northern Irelandon Wednesday.

  By hootie63 (Member of

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