Pipex Player of the Month

Tuesday 9 January 2007

Fulham fans have named Moritz Volz the Fulham Pipex Player of the Month for December. The former German Under 21 international won the accolade with a landslide majority.

Volz, who had previously been playing at right back for the Whites, moved into the centre of midfield following Fulham’s recent spate of injuries and far from looking like a player plying his trade out of position, Volz formed an effective partnership with Michael Brown in the middle of the park.

His willingness to get forward and link up with the front line posed problems for many opponents – as did his tenacity in the tackle and energetic displays.

Volz started the month in his customary right back position however following an injury to Papa Bouba Diop in the match against Liverpool at Anfield, Volz was recruited to midfield for the home fixture with Middlesbrough.

The move reaped immediate dividends when Volz’s penetrating run into the area was unceremoniously halted by George Boateng, earning Fulham a penalty and setting the Whites on the road to victory

His impressive form continued in the next match at home to West Ham, where he and Michael Brown helped keep the Hammers’ lively midfield pairing of Hayden Mullins and Nigel Reo-Coker in check.

Volz finished the month in style, netting the Premiership’s 15,000th goal with a 16th minute opener in the SW6 derby at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking recently, Manager Chris Coleman was full of praise for his newly converted midfielder.

“He’s a typical player who loves playing for us,” he said. “When he’s on the pitch he gives it his lot. We’ve converted him into a midfielder and since he’s been in there he’s been a revelation. He scored a great goal and he’s so dangerous because he’s got a great engine, he’s quick and he’s so eager to get into the last third. People don’t like playing against him."

Congratulations go to Paul Valentine who took part in the online poll and voted for Moritz Volz. Thanks to Fulham’s main team sponsor Pipex, Paul will receive a personally signed photo of Moritz.