Fulham have made a slow start to life in the Championship, earning just one point from their opening five games, but club legend Sean Davis sees positive signs for the future.
The emergence of 18-year-old American midfielder Emerson Hyndman, who only made his professional debut at the start of the season, before earning his first senior US cap last week, has been a particular highlight for Davis and he has big hopes for the teenager going forward.
‘I was pleased to see Emerson Hyndman make his debut for the States last week as I’ve been really impressed with him this season,’ he wrote on the club’s official website.
‘He moves the ball well, he keeps it well, he’s got a good touch, and good passing ability. I’ve said that once he gets eight, nine, 10 games in a row and his confidence gets even higher, then he’ll get even better. That first cap is a great reward for all the hard work he’s put in and to get an international call-up at such a young age is just fantastic.’
Having originally joined Fulham in 2011 from FC Dallas, where his grandfather Emerson Hyndman was head coach, the Texas-native has earned the praise of manager Felix Magath after making three league starts so far, evening being compared to Andrea Pirlo, and Davis believes that goes to show what big expectations the coaching staff have for him.
‘Felix Magath likened him to Andrea Pirlo and that’s massive praise – it’s always nice to get that recognition,’ he added. ‘He’s a grounded lad and he’ll keep his feet on the ground and want to work even harder now.
‘It’s the beginning of his journey but he’s got all the ability in the world so as long as he continues to work hard then he should get the rewards.’