As fans we mutually desire the success of our beloved club but one topic fans are divided on is their favourite player. Cult heroes are immortalised into the history of the terraces but just like musical genres, everybody has their preference.
When the club signed Floyd Ayite earlier this transfer window, my anticipation for a successful campaign grew and a majority of my excitement descended onto the shoulders of the winger.
Over the past 3 years, Fulham fans have become accustomed to idolise an exciting forward. At the time of the Togonelese’s arrival, McCormack's departure was imminent and Floyd Ayite’s flair looked to be that would fill the vacancy.
The winger has explosive pace and boasts tricky footwork which was a refreshing change on the team's dynamics and filled the Fulham fans with hope.
Be that as it may it was intriguing to learn how Jokanovic would portray his personality throughout the squad and remained to be seen how his impression would impact the team within his first full term as manager.
Be it new season optimism that led to overlook last season’s near scrape with relegation or genuine belief, it was undeniable that there was a sense of optimism surrounding the club and the Fulham faithful were eager to see just how the new signings would bond.
On July 14th the club announced the arrival of Belgian defender Denis Odoi.
Not much was known of defender, apart from he was pacey and looked to fit into Slavisa’s plans.
The full back instantly warmed to the fans, with his presence at the club strangely reminiscent of former Fulham full back John Pantsil.
Although we are yet to see an infamous lap of honour from Odoi.
Right from Odoi's initial interviews at the club his charismatic nature was evident.
The Belgian made a good opening impression on the fans but Odoi’s on pitch ability remained to be seen.
Odoi mentioned that he spoke with the Belgian international and former Fulham man Moussa Dembele before his move to Craven Cottage. Dembele spoke highly of his time at the club. A positive statement that the club leaves an impression on its players.
Pre-season started off well for Odoi with a string of strong performances, Including a standing ovation for his efforts in winning back the ball in the Brighton game.
Flashback: Watch the extra effort from new signing Denis Odoi as he fights to win a corner in the win v Brightonhttps://t.co/wmK36RbAbW— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 22, 2016
As the season started at home to Newcastle Odoi looked to slowly adapt to life in the league, giving away a few sloppy fouls but soon warming into the game.
Odoi did a stellar job in containing Newcastle danger man Matt Ritchie, as the winger looked threatening down the left flank.
The full back’s probing runs into Newcastle’s half caused problems for his opposite number all evening.
His efficiency in defence as well as contributing with dynamic attacking runs make him a handful for the opposition.
The defender does not shy away from responsibility and makes his presence known by getting stuck into tackles.
His pace makes him prone to his fair share of fouls against him, including that horrendous foul by Dummett that sent him up in the air, left a bitter taste in mouths of the fans in the ground for their newly appointed surrogate son.
Odoi has made himself known amongst the English media with THAT flick off his back that took Dummett out of the game and became an internet sensation.
WATCH: Here are just a couple of the reasons why you voted Denis Odoi as your Man of the Match. pic.twitter.com/VUFhMEBZ5m— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 8, 2016
His flair and bombing runs breath of fresh air to the fans and I am eager to see his link up play with Ryan Fredericks when he recovers from his injury.
Which of the new signings has taken to you heart already?
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