Fulham fans were excited about the contributions that could come from the youth team for this season. Cauley Woodrow was getting time with the England U-20's. Moussa Dembele couldn't stop scoring goals on the way to the FA Youth Cup final. Chris David looked to be a creative center midfielder with a wicked shot on him. Patrick Roberts was one of the best 17 year old prospects in all of England.
A player that we didn't mention at all though was Lasse Vigen Christensen. Perhaps because he was with the U-21's last year and not the magical U-18 squad, he got lost in the shuffle. He also was one of the U-21 players that didn't really break into the squad last year. There was little to suggest how good the young Danish player was going to be.
It probably didn't help that Felix Magath seemed not to favor him at all (just add that to the list of things he fouled up). His first appearance was as a halftime substitute when Magath yanked a Emerson Hyndman at halftime. I'm sure the way to build confidence in young players is to always have them looking over their shoulders. But with Magath you would need to, because his second appearance saw Christensen yanked at halftime.
Then came Kit Symons. No player has grown more under his tutelage than LVC. He started the first game under Kit and has been a mainstay ever since. If you had told me that his season would end with 5 goals, 5 assists, and 82% pass completion; I'd have said he had a great year. Instead he's hit those marks less than halfway through. He's shown ability that is simply frightening. The goal against Sheffield Wednesday is the perfect example. Not only does he create and lead the break, he continues his run and calmly finishes his chance. If you haven't seen it you need to, and even if you have you should watch it again.
It was always going to be hard to keep all of our players from getting poached by bigger clubs. Thankfully LVC has a contract that runs through June of 2017. However, if I'm at the club, I think long and hard about signing him through 2018 or 2019 with a bump in salary. He's the kind of player you can build around long term. I can imagine him and Hyndman running an effective double pivot for the next decade.