Henen sets his goals for Christmas in Fleetwood

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Everton youngster David Henen is gearing up for a festive push with Fleetwood and hopes the crossbar won’t continue to get in the way of his scoring ambitions.

The 19-year-old Belgian this week extended his loan spell at Highbury to cover the next fortnight.

He will remain with Fleetwood until after the Bury game on January 2, with boss Steven Pressley hoping Henen may yet be able to extend his stay even longer.

It’s an option which might be welcomed by the teenager, who is enjoying life with Fleetwood.

He said: “I’m happy because it’s my decision and the decision of Everton.

“When I see the possibility to sign again I say ‘yes’ directly because it’s a good team. We play good football and it’s good for me.

“I play every week. It’s good for my form and everything.”

Everton’s Under-21 management team are keeping a close eye on their highly-rated youngster and Henen is pleased to be getting the attention following his summer move to Merseyside.

He added: “Every game at home and sometimes away they are coming to see my game. It’s a good opportunity to show them my quality.

“Every time after the game, my manager tells me if it’s good, if it’s not good and what I need to change.

“I know every game if I play well or don’t play well.

“I have a good feeling with Everton, and when they come to see my game and I play well I’m happy.

“I don’t think Roberto Martinez has time to come but I’m sure he’s watching the videos.”

Henen has so far scored one goal for Town, in the 5-1 win over Swindon.

But he could easily have more – the woodwork denying the Belgian at Bloomfield Road in the 1-0 defeat three weeks ago.

Henen said: “I’ve hit the bar three times and I’ve shot six or seven times every game.

“It’s close but for Fleetwood I need to score three or four goals. I don’t want to be hitting the bar – I want to be scoring now.

“I’ve played on the left, on the right and as a number nine. Every position I’ve touched a lot of the ball.

“My movement and my ability is good for the team. We have good possession every game.

“I enjoy playing like that in every game.”

One reason Everton allowed Henen to join Town on loan was the need for the Belgian to adjust to the physical English game.

Henen admits it was something of a culture shock but insists Fleetwood are now playing in a way which makes best use of his abilities.

He said: “I think my first game against Peterborough it was like, ‘Oh...whooo... it’s hard’. But when we play football, it’s not just physical.

“I have good ability. I’m fast and with the possession it’s not just about the physical side.

“Now it’s about the fitness now. That side is better now – it’s not hard, like it was in the first game.

“At Peterborough we didn’t have the team like we have now.

“The team now is not unbelievable but it is great. We play great football, like the top in the league.

“We must continue like that in th next four games – two away, then Wigan and Bury.

“We’ve done well at home but we need to win away now.

“We’ll look after those four games and see how well we are doing.”

Town’s only injury issues going into the Christmas period concern two players on the fringes of the squad.

Manager Steven Pressley revealed: “We have a couple of injuries.

“Danny Andrew played in the bounce game against Oldham on Tuesday and he has a slight problem with his thigh.

“Vamara Sanogo picked up quite a serious hamstring injury, so he could be out for another four or five weeks, which is a shame for him.”