Viktor Fischer is hoping to emulate some of his Danish teammates in making a big impression on the Premier League this season.
The 22-year-old arrived on Teesside in May after five years with Dutch giants Ajax, and has already earmarked those Premier League opponents he is looking forward to facing.
"There are so many big matches, that's one of the reasons you come here," Fischer said.
"We all know the big clubs, Chelsea, [Manchester] United, Liverpool, Arsenal - those are all really big games.
"For me the game against Tottenham, and Christian Eriksen, a really good friend of mine, is going to be really exciting. Kasper Schmeichel at Leicester is also going to be nice."
Like Eriksen, Fischer graduated from Ajax's prestigious academy, and he hopes that will stand him in good stead for the shift to English football.
"What you get from Ajax is a great education," he said.
"I hope that I can show that when you go abroad to England and the Premier League you can still improve and get even better."
Fischer reported to Rockliffe Park for pre-season training on Friday, owing to international duty and an extended break granted by Aitor Karanka.
And following his goal in Denmark's draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a star turn in the following game against Bulgaria, Fischer is hoping to translate his international form to his new club surroundings.
"It was one of my better performances in the national team. I haven't had that many, and I had an injury that kept me out for fourteen months.
"Since coming back that was one of my better performances. As a team we did really well and it felt good."
"I'm really excited to start and show everyone here in Middlesbrough we can do something big."
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