Barry rates Ina

Thursday 1 August 2002

Since joining from Bristol Rovers back in 1998, Barry Hayles has seen a lot of players come and go at Fulham.

With one of the new faces at Fulham, Junichi Inamoto, making an impressive debut against Sochaux - Hayles admitted that the Japanese international has been settling in well with his new team-mates.

"I really like the look of him and I think he will do well for Fulham," said Hayles.

"We got on straight away and his English is actually very good. He's joined in with all the banter with the lads and we've tried to make him feel at home.

"To be honest he already looks very comfortable here and all the new players at Fulham have gelled very quickly - which is good news for next season.

"I think it has worked because he has done really well in training already. He looks sharp and very fit, and he has great technique. He's got a lot to offer the team.

"I would say he's strong with the ball and capable of making surging runs. The way we have been making chances and missing them he might be the one to get into the box at the right time and get goals for us.

"We had a practice match last week and he scored a great goal and hopefully he can keep that up and really get us going.

"The manager keeps saying it's not just the strikers who need to score. We need goals from midfield and from set-pieces as well - and having Inamoto in the squad will help."

On the evidence of Wednesday night's second half performance, Inamoto could well prove to be that final piece of the midfield jigsaw.