Fulham winger finally showing what he can do: Urby Emanuelson profile

Not a lot was known about Urby Emanuelson when he joined Fulham in January. The Dutch winger arrived at Craven Cottage in January to little fanfare, and to many just appeared yet another long-named foreigner destined to make little impact at the west London club.

However after making a low-key debut as a substitute against Manchester United, the little Dutchman has begun to establish himself in his new colours and become a regular fixture on the Fulham team-sheet.

On-loan from parent club Milan until the end of the season; Emanuelson has had little time to adjust to the pace of the Premier League, but has begun to adapt to the English game and has put in some strong performances against Chelsea and particularly against Arsenal.

The fact many still talk about Emanuelson’s potential, could be a worry considering he is 26 and not getting any younger. Leaving the Italian giants for mid-table Fulham may have appeared a step-down to many, but could prove to be a good learning experience rather than the start of a career slide. Although Emanuelson may not be of the calibre of some of the AC Milan greats, he certainly has the skills to make an impact on the Premiership, and prove a valuable asset should Fulham hang on to him next season.

Emmanuelson’s greatest asset is his speed, which he can often inject to power away from defenders like a nitro-boost in a video game. He also has great stamina, and dribbling ability. More surprisingly for a small build of only 5ft 7”, Emmanuelson is also very good at tackling, and is not afraid to track back and perform defensive duties- even outmuscling the much bigger Per Mertesacker against Arsenal.  

Although possessing a lethal shot, Emmanuelson is often let down by his passing ability, often lazily conceding possession – and using his pace to beat players before slamming a cross over everyone’s heads. Also, despite playing on the right-wing, he also is very left-footed, suffering the reverse of Ashley Young syndrome.

But what separates the Amsterdam-born player from past Fulham internationals, is his determination. Emmanuelson’s desire to prove himself could help correct his problems, and prove a left-sided force for Fulham as he begins to get game time.

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