Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has urged midfielder Bjorn Helge Riise to rise to the challenge of being at a Premier League club, and continue his excellent form in training, giving his manager tricky issues to consider when selecting his side.

The Norwegian international moved from Lillestrom for an undisclosed fee earlier in the summer, and signed a three-year contract. Hodgson anticipates that he will become a first team regular, but it will take even more hard work from the player to break into the squad and hold his place, as competition for places in midfield at the west London club is fierce.

"Given his position on the pitch he might actually face the toughest competition in the club," the coach told Canal +.

"It's not easy to break in to the starting XI, but I think he has had a great start here.

"His time will come and I am looking forward to see him play many games here.

"He must continue to do well in training and give me a headache when it comes to selecting the team."

Riise, 26, is the younger brother of former Liverpool midfielder John Arne Riise, now plying his trade at Roma.

Zack Wilson, Goal.com