Thriving in his favoured position and hell-bent on making it in the Premier League – The Athletic

Philip Zinckernagel’s parent club — as well as his actual parents — are keeping a close eye on his progress in England. Watford’s hierarchy receive regular reports on the Nottingham Forest loanee compiled by the scouting department, while back in Denmark his biggest fan, father Torben, watches his matches too.

He’s not been able to see him play live since he came to England last January. “I’ve been watching online,” Zinckernagel Sr tells The Athletic. “But I’m looking forward to visiting him next week.”

It’s been a year of huge change for his son. Winning the Norwegian league title with Bodo/Glimt, being snapped up by Watford, helping seal Premier League promotion then departing to the City Ground — all during a pandemic.

It’s led Torben to reflect on Philip’s journey, from making it as a youngster at his first club FC Copenhagen before moving to Nordsjaelland as a teenager, then steady progress at HB Koge, FC Helsingor and SonderjyskE prior to leaving Denmark for the first time to go to Norway. “I’ll see if I have some funny pictures,” Torben says with a smile as he sits at home in Copenhagen, happy to discuss his son’s path.

He’s proud, as are Philip’s extended family. He has four brothers — Mads, Soren, Christian , who are all older, and Willia, who is younger — and Torben is married to Connie after separating from Philip’s mother Marie Louise. Life doesn’t always follow the plan initially set out, much like in football.

“Philip was very disappointed to not be part of the group in the Premier League at Watford,” says Torben.

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