Houghton backs Saha

Monday 17 June 2002

Former Fulham star Ray Houghton has backed striker Louis Saha to bounce back next season and take the Premiership by storm.

Saha had a disappointing debut in the Premiership after helping Fulham win promotion to the top flight with 27 goals the previous year.

The young Frenchman scored eight league goals during the last campaign which by his own admission was less than he had hoped for.

The 23-year-old seemed to get off to the perfect start when he netted a fine brace against Manchester United at Old Trafford and then scored a goal against Sunderland.

But the goals began to dry up as Fulham dropped to the bottom half of the Premiership.

However, Houghton who played at Craven Cottage from 1982-85, is confident Saha will benefit from the experience and find the net more regularly next term.

Houghton said: "I was a bit surprised that Louis didn't do so well last season. I saw a lot of him in Division One and I was very impressed.

"I thought he would just make the transition and come on in the Premiership. But he's got a lot of ability and I think it's just a matter of time.

"You've got to remember that Saha and other players have got to adjust. They are new to this level and have to adjust."

Source: Team Talk