One current Barclays Premier League player who will be paying close attention to Fulham’s match against West Bromwich Albion at Craven Cottage on Saturday is Reading’s Nicky Shorey.
After a successful loan spell at Fulham during the second half of the 2009/10 season, the left back spent two years at The Hawthorns prior to his summer switch to Reading.
Speaking to fulhamfc.com, Shorey spoke of his fondness for both clubs before predicting a tough encounter between the two sides in SW6 this weekend.
“I enjoyed my time at Fulham immensely and it’s a really good Club with great fans,” said Shorey. “Sometimes when you go on loan it can be hard but the supporters took to me right away and it was a really successful period when I was there.
“Obviously I couldn’t play in the UEFA Europa League but we also did well in the Premier League. I’ve got very fond memories of Fulham and I've always enjoy returning to Craven Cottage. It’s the same for West Brom. They’re both very good clubs that are well run so I thoroughly enjoyed my time at both clubs.
“I know a few of the players at Fulham really well, especially Steve Sidwell, who I played with at Reading. Obviously a few players moved on late in the transfer window but I still feel with the quality they have at Fulham, and the way they play, they'll enjoy another solid season again."
West Brom will arrive at the Cottage in high spirits following an unbeaten start to the new season.
“West Brom’s start to the season has been unbelievable but that came as no surprise to me because they had a great squad last year," said Shorey. "The players they’ve brought in have fitted in well and gelled really well together.
“When you look at West Brom’s squad they’ve got some really good players who have really come on so the start they’ve made this season hasn't been a shock to me.
“It will be a really interesting game this weekend, especially with West Brom going so well. Craven Cottage is a very difficult place to go irrespective of recent form.
“It’s always tough at the Cottage and the fans get right behind Fulham. It’s a quirky little ground but West Brom will be going there full of confidence. It will be an intriguing contest on Saturday.”