Premier League Debut Balls

Saturday 25 August 2018 08:00

Joe Bryan, Ryan Sessegnon and Cyrus Christie were presented with commemorative footballs this week in recognition of making their top flight debuts.

The Premier League recognises any home grown player who makes a first appearance in the division, which the Fulham trio did on the opening day against Crystal Palace.

To qualify, a player must have spent at least three years in an English or Welsh academy between the ages of 15 and 21. Bryan and Christie came through the ranks at Bristol City and Coventry City, respectively, while Sessegnon – of course – has spent his entire career with the Whites.

Sessegnon said: “We’ve all been really excited to get going this season. To have Fulham back in the Premier League is massive for us, the fans, and everyone associated with the Club.

“Even though we didn’t get the result we were looking for in that first game, from a personal point of view I was happy to make my Premier League debut.

“I always give 100 per cent every time I play for this Club. This is the Club I know, the Club that I’ve come through and I get a lot of pride playing for Fulham.

“No games are easy in this league, they’re all battles, and I’ll be looking to improve throughout the season. You get less time on the ball and the skill levels are really impressive but it’s about adapting and that’s what I’m hoping to do for the games ahead.

“We’ve got a few new boys in the team so we won’t be too hard on ourselves, we know that we’ve got good players here and we’ll be raring to go for the next game.”

Bryan said: “It’s been a mad few weeks for me, but I’m feeling settled, I’ve found somewhere to live and I’m looking forward to getting going.

“It was good to get thrown straight in on the first game of the season – that’s often the best way. We had a meeting at around 5pm on the day I signed – which was deadline day – and the Manager told me that I would be in with a good chance of starting that first game against Crystal Palace.

“It was a tough match, and disappointing not to get anything from it, there’s obviously a big step up but it’s something I’ve always dreamed of.”

Christie said: “It was a pretty special feeling making my Premier League debut against Crystal Palace – obviously we didn’t get the result we wanted but we put in a solid performance and we know we can improve.

“I had a feeling I would be in the team, based on the work we had done in training, but you never know for sure until the Manager puts the sheet up and names it on matchday. You want to test yourself against the best players in the world and the Premier League gives us that chance.”