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Omozusi praised by McKinlay

last updated Wednesday 11th June 2008, 10:01 AM
Elliot Omozusi
Elliot Omozusi

Reserve team manager Billy McKinlay believes Fulham's Elliot Omozusi can make a name for himself in the top-flight.

Omozusi made his Barclays Premier League debut for the Cottagers last season and went on to make eight appearances for the first team.

As Fulham found themselves sucked in to the relegation battle, players with more experience were prefered ahead of the academy graduate.

And McKinlay believes that Omozusi, or Junior as he is known to his team-mates, can look forward to another first-team call-up in the future.

McKinlay said "Junior's progression this year has been what we'd hoped for in terms of games he's played."

"He's only 19 so to play that amount of games so early on is an achievement. He can be pleased with that.

"He came out of the team so that players with greater levels of experience could carry the fight for the rest of the season. So it's understandable that he wasn't playing towards the second half of the season. But in terms of its overall progress I think he can be very pleased with himself.

"It's unrealistic to expect that he's going to come in and be a set in stone fixture in the First Team. He's only a young boy so he's going to come in and out of the side when it is deemed necessary. He's obviously done well but he's still got a lot to do and he knows that."

"He's quick, mobile and athletic so from that point of view he's got all the attributes needed. But he needs to keep progressing, learning the game and developing his positional play. But he is prepared to do that which is the most important thing. Hopefully in the next year to 18 months we'll be looking to him to go and make an impact in the squad.

"One of his biggest attributes is his temperament. Nothing seems to faze him; he just gets in there and plays the game as it is."





































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