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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes his former club, Fulham, have made an “outstanding” signing in Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek, speaking to Football London.

After a miserable start to the season, which had some tipping Scott Parker’s Cottagers to scrub Derby County’s name out of the Premier League history books, clear improvements have been made in recent weeks.

Fulham were unlucky to lose at Wolves and, if Aleksandar Mitrovic had brought his shooting boots to Bramall Lane, their first point of 2020/21 would have been tripled against Sheffield United.

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Loftus-Cheek caught the eye at the home of the Blades, offering balance and drive to a talented midfield alongside Tom Cairney and Andre-Franck Zambo Anguissa.

And Hodgson believes a man he worked with during a loan spell at Selhurst Park should thrive in west London.

“Ruben Loftus-Cheek is an outstanding signing, we have a very high opinion of him,” the former England manager said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Craven Cottage.

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“I’m expecting (them) to build on the performance and move steadily up the table. I always regard Fulham as a Premier League club.

“(It’s) difficult for me to say (how good their signings have been) as I haven’t seen that much of them. Seven of them made a debut against Sheffield United. On the face of it, they’ve made some good signings.”

Tosin Adarabioyo also made his debut against Sheffield United and helped bring a much-improved defensive display. Meanwhile livewire Ademola Lookman offered a tantalising glimpse of his undoubted potential with a stunning individual goal.

Things are looking up, it seems, for a Fulham side who may not turn out to be the whipping boys many predicted after their poor start.

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