Having capped his last appearance of a productive loan spell at Fulham with a goal, Urby Emanuelson admitted the English league is a tough one to play in.
The AC Milan midfielder’s initial appearances for the Whites were all from the bench but, as time wore on, he became more and more important to Martin Jol’s thinking and ended up putting in a number of dazzling displays for his temporary side, including a last day goal in the 3-0 win at Swansea City.
“After finding my feet a little, I think I adapted and adjusted to the demands of English football,” Urby told the official website. “I’d played in Italy and Holland – two very good leagues, as well as the Champions League. However, the football in this country is totally different – I don’t think you can really prepare for the intensity. You just have to get in and play.”
Emanuelson was delighted to have been given the chance to play in England, as he looked back on his favourite moments from his four-month stay in SW6.
“My first game for Fulham against Manchester United is one of the big highlights of my career, not just this season,” he said. “But just to be competing in the Barclays Premier League was probably the best one for me.
“I came in during January, which had been kind of a winter break for me – I know that they do not have those in England, though. It was a great opportunity for me at Fulham as I’d always wanted to play in the Premier League. That was my personal highlight.”
And when pressed for his favourite strike of the season, Emanuelson admitted he shared the opinion of football fans across the country who watched in awe as Dimitar Berbatov rattled home a winning volley against Stoke City back in February.
“Dimitar’s goal against Stoke was an amazing goal,” the Dutchman admitted. “He showed great technique. To connect with a high ball like that and to score from a volley was an unbelievable piece of skill. But that’s what Berba is all about, he makes things like that look easy.”