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High praise for Bjorn-Helge Riise over at CCN. I thought Rich was a little harsh on our little Norwegian after the CSKA Sofia game, but he’s far from the worst offender on that score. Riise’s a cracking prospect – even he would concede that he’s a long way from the finish article (maybe a little grudingly after the reported comments he made earlier in the year) and would be getting more game time if it wasn’t for the excellent recent form of Clint Dempsey.

Aside from the two goals he made, Riise brings an energy to the team. He’s got that willingness to take on a full back and beat him for pace and creativity that makes us a different proposition offensively. His delivery from set pieces is generally excellent and, if he’s patient, there could be a really bright future at Craven Cottage for the young man. It all bodes well.