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Fulham - Kakuta Gets a Start!

Fulham - Kakuta Gets a Start!

Saturday, at Old Trafford, saw the first Fulham start for the young Frenchman loaned from our neighbours, Chelsea, in the transfer window.

The capture of Gael Kakuta, albeit on loan, was greeted with enthusiasm by the Craven Cottage support but, so far, glimpses of the player have been fleeting with Kakuta being restricted to the odd cameo role as a substitute.

With Damien Duff out injured, Mark Hughes used the Old Trafford fixture as a testing ground for Kakuta and he, by no way, let the side down giving us a productive ninety minutes that could see him rewarded with further starts between now and the end of the season when his loan spell ends.

After the game, the media caught up with Kakuta and got his views on playing, his time at Fulham and his hopes for the rest of the season with the young Frenchman responding,

"We have been on a good run of form so it was frustrating that we couldn`t extend that."

"Having played, of course, it`s my hope to be involved in more games as the season draws to an end."

"I`m enjoying my time at Fulham, where I feel I have improved further as a player and I`d love to play my part in what will hopefully be a strong finish to the season."

"It was good to get a game under my belt. It`s something I have waited a little while for, so of course this was very pleasing."

"I had a few good moments, but I think I could have done better - however, the game will have done me a lot of good."

Personally, I thought he done more than okay, how about you?

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Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Monday April 11 2011
Time: 5:00PM


Very glad he finally got a shot. I was a little disappointed, though. Really thought he'd give us some width, but he continually turned inside. Not sure if that was a personal tendency or Hughes' instructions, but either way, it didn't work. Still, I'd like to see him continue to start. As he gets familiar with the squad, I think he could have a real impact. On a bad day, he stood out as a top performer.
11/04/2011 18:22:00
A bit sad that's all for neighbours' sake
artilleria pesada
11/04/2011 19:53:00
sign him up.....f.c.u.k that lot dawn da road will get more playing time with the mighty whites!!
12/04/2011 01:20:00
Looked lively still waiting to see that end product, had the beating of evra and vidic. Need to see him start more games before i can come up with a verdict. But if you compare him to nani who is 24, i think kakuta will be a much bigger player in 5 years time.
12/04/2011 16:35:00
Also you have to stop playing him on the wing, he adds no width and when dempsey is on the other wing fulham have no width at all. Left wing is more natural for him to use all the width, but i still think his best position is behind a striker.
12/04/2011 16:38:00
Dempsey is right legged playing on the left wing, Duff/Kakuta are left legged playing on the right. That was our tactics for a long time. I really think we're looking for something else with that, not width.
artilleria pesada
12/04/2011 19:16:00
Yes AP, it puts wings in a better shooting position, which I don't normally have a problem with, but when we're being over-run in the midfield and up against two solid central defenders, the only way to open things up is to play wider. Hughes should've recognized how much trouble we were having trying to play through the middle and changed the tactics/formation to give us more width.
12/04/2011 20:24:00
i agree teddy... the midfield was clogged and we needed width... kakuta was the best on a bad day, but i don't know if he's better than duff... he should get a shot though... he could develop...
14/04/2011 00:01:00
Would be a good bet maybe to try and get him on loan again next season if the boys in blue are willing.
Riverside Chanter
14/04/2011 07:53:00
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