Fulham star Ross McCormack looking to inspire club's youngster

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Ross McCormack has expressed his desire to influence Fulham’s youngsters, having been impressed by their early season form.

Last season’s Championship top scorer arrived in West London for a divisional record £11 million in the summer.

Despite having failed to open his account yet this season, the 28-year old has still proved to be an important figure both on and off of the field, with his age and experience a valuable trait in a squad that is consistently playing teenagers in first-team roles.

Having started the season with a dreadful run of four games without acquiring a point, the 1-1 draw with Cardiff last Saturday - courtesy of a goal set-up by the Scottish international - hinted at a turn around in fortunes, and the 28-goal striker is keen to return to Championship action - with the intense turnaround of fixtures making a poor start to a season hardly a worry.

Speaking to the official Cottagers website, McCormack displayed his knowledge of the division, and stressed that it is not the time for crisis talks.

He said: “This league is pretty unique. When the international break is over we'll start having games Saturday, Wednesday.

“In the space of a couple of weeks if you win three out of four then you’re up in mid-table. It’s not the time for crisis talks at the start of the season.”

The frequent playing schedule requires a large squad, and head coach Felix Magath has to been unafraid to incorporate a host of youngsters and academy prospects into the first-team fold - with six of the side who faced Cardiff last week aged 22 or under.

Whilst the youth policy has not worked out in the opening weeks, McCormack has expressed his admiration of the youngsters - claiming them to be some of the best players in the squad.

“The point that has got to be made clear is that these boys are good enough. They are as good as the players we’ve already got here.

“It's just trying to get a bit of knowledge of the game into them. That’s going to be crucial and that’s why you’ve got guys like Scott Parker around. They can lean on his experience.

Patrick Roberts, Emerson Hyndman – who has probably been the pick, he’s been different class – George Williams, they are all very good players.”

Despite the Cottagers poor start to the season, the performances of Roberts and Hyndman have not gone unnoticed. England youth international Roberts has been subject to intense interest from Premier League giants Liverpool, whilst central midfielder Hyndman received his first call-up to the full US Mens national team - making his debut as an 18-year old having been introduced as a substitute in the 67th minute.

Fulham are looking for an immediate return to the Premier League, and the performances of McCormack will be key in any hopes they have. However, if he can also impress off of the pitch, the £11 million fee paid for the Scottish forward may pale into insignificance - as he improves not just the results, but also the team.

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