Having now experienced his first taste of action in the white of Fulham, Emmanuel Frimpong is keen for more time on the pitch with his on-loan side.
The combative midfielder played 65 minutes of the goalless draw with Norwich City in our most recent Barclays Premier League outing, and the 21-year-old was relatively pleased with how his debut went.
“I think it went well,” he told the official website. “Before I came to Fulham I had hardly played any football – the last time I played in the Premier League was a year ago because of my injury.
“It was nice to play in the Premier League again and, hopefully, I’ll get better with the more games that I play. I want to push on all the way until the end of the season.”
Partnering the equally robust Steve Sidwell in the middle of the park at Carrow Road, Frimpong helped keep the opposition out as Fulham recorded an overdue clean sheet, although he was disappointed the Whites were unable to offer more in the final third.
“The clean sheet is a positive that we can take from the game,” he said. “But, on the other hand, from an attacking side it was quite disappointing because we didn’t create as many chances as we should have created, especially with the players that we’ve got in the team.
“I think it was just one of those away games where they [Norwich] didn’t do much and we didn’t do much so we’ll have to make sure on Saturday when we play Stoke City that we get back on track again.”
Any clash with the Potters throws up its share of battles, and it’s an aspect of the game that one would imagine our Ghanaian midfielder savours. He did, however, warn that there is more to Tony Pulis’ side than just route one football.
“I relish every game,” Emmanuel explained. “Obviously Stoke is going to be physical with a lot of direct balls into their strikers, but they’ve also got quality in their side.
“They’ve got players who can play football as well, so that’s a good mix to have.”