Tough Competition

Friday 7 September 2012 11:58

The strikeforce at Fulham has a completely new look from the men who led the line a year ago, with Martin Jol adding impressive firepower to his ranks in the forms of Dimitar Berbatov, Mladen Petric and Hugo Rodallega.

In fact, such is the transition our frontline has undergone, that the longest serving out-and-out striker currently in the First Team is 19-year-old Marcello Trotta.

The Italian youth international made his debut for the Whites at the start of the year and added to his appearances with a run-out at Bolton Wanderers and, most recently, in our disappointing Capital One Cup exit to Sheffield Wednesday.

“That was a disappointing result,” Marcello said of the 1-0 defeat. “We didn’t play our best. We didn’t create too many chances. We were unlucky with the penalty but as a Barclays Premier League club you have to do better.

“I hope to be involved as much as possible this season. We have four good strikers and there is a lot of competition so I will have to work hard for my chance.

“I’m young and I’m still learning so we will see what goes on this year. The Manager wants me to learn from the other three players. There are aspects of my game I need to improve on. I want to get hold of the ball better, make more runs and mix up my game.”

There is undoubtedly plenty that he can learn from the three strikers currently ahead of him in the pecking order, and Marcello admits he was delighted with our latest addition to the Fulham frontmen.

“Dimitar Berbatov is of course an amazing player,” he said. “He’s played at a top club like Manchester United so to learn from him will be very good. Training with him every day will only benefit me.

“When I was growing up, I looked more to Serie A players like [Christian] Vieri and Adriano, but when I came to England I started to watch players like Berbatov.”

After a productive 2011/12 campaign, Marcello celebrated his breakthrough season by signing a new contract at the Club in the summer and the forward told that he is still loving his time down by the banks of the Thames.

“I’m very happy here,” Trotta stated. “I love London. I’ve been here for four years and it’s great. It was hard when I first came over and was away from my family – it’s still hard now – but you have to keep going when you have an opportunity like this.”