Journalist Peter Rutzler has hailed an ‘encouraging’ full league debut from defender Issa Diop after Fulham ran out 3-2 victors against Nottingham Forest on Friday night.
The Lowdown: Silva’s side succeed…
The Cottagers, taking on fellow newly-promoted side Forest at the City Ground on Friday, climbed to sixth in the Premier League table with a sensational victory.
Three goals in five second-half minutes sealed their comeback from 1-0 down to eventually run out convincing victors away from home, furthering Marco Silva’s impressive start to their first season back in the big time.
Strikes from Tosin Adarabioyo, Joao Palhinha and Harrison Reed cemented Fulham’s win whilst condemning Forest to their fourth loss on the bounce.
The Latest: Rutzler hails ‘encouraging’ Diop debut…
Taking to social media after the west Londoners bagged a brilliant victory, Fulham correspondent Rutzler of The Athletic hailed summer signing Diop for his ‘encouraging’ full debut alongside Tosin in central defence.
The journalist also goes on to suggest his display probably ‘didn’t stand out as much’ and flew under the radar, but it was ‘very good’ nonetheless.
“Probably didn’t standout as much but as well as Willian, I thought Diop had a really good debut alongside Tosin. Composed at the back, tidy on the ball and I also didn’t realise he had the shoulder drop in his locker when stepping out from the back… Encouraging.”
The Verdict: Good news…
Signing from West Ham in a £15 million deal, the Frenchman is still just 25-years-old and is currently tied down to a five-year contract.
If Diop can continue putting in a consistent stream of solid defensive performances, the fact he is still fairly young could make this signing look like a real bargain in the long term.
Past endorsements from trophy-laden bosses like Jose Mourinho indicate he is a player of real potential, and judging by Rutzler’s verdict, it appears he is already starting to turn his career around at Craven Cottage after a lacklustre Hammers spell.
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