Thomas Eisfeld joined Fulham on Wednesday and immediately outlined his ambitions of making an impact at Craven Cottage.
The highly-rated midfielder spent two-and-a-half years at Arsenal, and with an impressive goalscoring record at Under-21 level, the player is relishing the chance of stepping up and delivering for the Whites’ First Team.
“This is a new chapter for me,” explained Thomas to fulhamfc.com. “I didn’t play a lot of senior football at Arsenal, but now is my time. This is the right move for me, and I’m looking forward to developing my game at Fulham.
“Felix Magath is a fantastic manager and there are some really good players in the squad. I just can’t wait to pull on the shirt for the first time. What I can promise the fans is that I will always give my best for the Club.
“I want to establish myself, and we have already seen a number of young players do that here. If you’re looking at the Club from the outside as a player looking to push on, then that’s great to see. I need to make sure I take my opportunity.”
Eisfeld joined the Gunners in January 2012, following several years at Borussia Dortmund. On top of his eye for goal, the 21-year-old also has clever movement, technique and good vision – facets of the game he aligns to his time in West Germany and North London.
“I’m very lucky to have spent time at Borussia Dortmund – seven years in fact – and then Arsenal,” he added. “Two fantastic clubs in regards to developing young players and playing the game how it should be played.
“It was a good education for me, one of the best in fact. But now I’m at an important stage of my career and now I need to show what I can do. I’m used to life in the UK, and of course, London – I feel very settled. I love English football, I like the style. It’s quick and full of energy; I think it suits me well.”
Talking at our Motspur Park Training Ground prior to flying to the States with his new teammates, Eisfeld was quick to point to the influence of Magath ahead of signing his contract for the Whites.
“The Manager was a factor, I wanted to work with him,” said Thomas. “We’ve spoken a lot and I’m excited by the challenge that’s in place at Fulham. He expects me to deliver, and I want to repay the faith that has been shown in me.
“He has a fantastic record in Germany, and I believe he’ll be successful in England, too – I want to be part of that. Our aim is to get back to the top division - for me, Fulham is a Premier League club.
“I actually scored here [Motspur Park] last season, when Arsenal’s Under-21s played Fulham’s Under-21s. It was a good game, and although Fulham dominated the match, my goal was enough to win it.“But I was really impressed by the Club’s young players then, many of which are now working with the First Team this summer. It’s a young team here at Fulham, but these players can make the step up. As a group we need to work as hard as we can, and push the team forward together.”