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Riise angry at being left on the bench for Duff

September 9, 2009

Fulham midfielder Bjorn Helge Riise could find himself in hot water following critical reports of Damien Duff in the Norwegian press.

Bjorn Helge Riise: Criticism for Duff
GettyImages / RyanPierseBjorn Helge Riise: Criticism for Duff

Riise, 26, only signed for the Premier League club from Lillestrom in July for £2m.

The midfielder is unhappy at being left on the bench at Craven Cottage. Fellow new signing Damien Duff is currently in the team, and it's a situation he is struggling to get his head around.

According to Norweigian paper Avisenes Nyhetsbyra, Riise said: "I don't think they've done all that well, but they have a good reputation and come from bigger clubs than me.

"I came from little Lillestrom in Norway, but players like Damien Duff have a name and status after playing for clubs like Newcastle and Chelsea and are ahead of me.

"I believe I have better qualities and strengths as a player than he does. He has the speed and the experience, and a good shot, but he is not that much faster than I am, and I have a better technique, a better touch and deliver better passes than he does. And I can be used in different roles.''