The Great Dane

Friday 7 November 2014 12:18

Lasse Vigen Christensen has arguably been Fulham’s most-in form player of late. Clearly flourishing under the guidance of Kit Symons, the Dane has firmly found his feet in SW6.

Despite his relative youth - he’s still only 20 - the midfielder has established himself in the First Team under Symons with the aplomb of a seasoned professional. 

Under Symons, Christensen has not only found his confidence, but has made the most of the trust the former Fulham defender has shown in him over the years.

“Kit and I have been working together for about two years now. He’s been my manager ever since I came here really. He’s a big part of why I am the player I am today,” explained Lasse to Saturday’s official matchday programme.

“Obviously it’s a bit of a funny situation in that he’s been driving me to get in the First Team and now all of a sudden he’s the man to put me in there. But I’m really happy. It’s positive for me that he has been named Manager, but also very positive for the Club as well.”

Born in the port town of Esbjerg in Denmark, football was never really a choice that Christensen made. It was simply a way of life. With a father who played for Denmark’s Under-21s in his day, and an older footballing brother, Lasse concedes: “I’ve never really thought about doing anything else!

“When they asked me at school what I wanted to be, I always said professional footballer. They would tell me I needed a ‘Plan B’.”

Would it be fair to say that perhaps teachers don’t always know best? “I think it’s just one of those situations where I’m quite focused,” said Christensen. “When I want something I’ll do a lot to get it.”

It’s that focus and determination that saw him move hundreds of miles away from home at the age of 17 and establish a life for himself in England as part of his ambition to play abroad.

“I always knew that I wanted to play in England,” said Lasse. “I’ve always liked the English game and thought it would suit me. When I was 15 I did two trials with Arsenal who put in an offer, but my club couldn’t agree.”

To read the full interview with Christensen, get your hands on a copy of the matchday programme against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Other exclusive highlights in the only matchday magazine that matters - which is also available to download digitally from 10am on Saturday - are:

  • Kit Symons pens his programme notes as he reflects on the Blackpool game
  • Cauley Woodrow answers your questions via our social media channels
  • In our regular feature, key figures take a walk back down memory lane to the 1981/82 promotion-winning season
  • Young midfielder Josh Smile is profiled in ‘Through The Ranks’
  • Ex-Huddersfield striker Iwan Roberts gives his thoughts on the Cottage clash
  • And Les Strong and Gentleman Jim bring fans their latest columns

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