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Fulham boss Mark Hughes has been taken aback by just how fine a footballer Bobby Zamora really is.

Hughes took the Cottagers post over the summer, stepping into the void created by Roy Hodgson’s departure to Liverpool.

He admits he was entering the unknown, having never worked with the majority of the squad he was inheriting.

He has, however, been impressed by the quality at his disposal, and has singled out Zamora for special praise.

The much-travelled frontman came into his own last season, earning widespread acclaim and England recognition.

He already has three goals to his name this term, having burst out of the blocks, and Hughes believes there is still more to come from a player he describes as ‘quite a package’.

“When you come into a new situation you are not quite sure what you are getting, but Bobby is a top class Premier League striker,” Hughes told the club’s official website.

“His link-up play has impressed me and is better than people give him credit for.

“Bobby is quite a package and a threat. His link-up play and team work is excellent and he is a big factor in why we have started so brightly.

“He is very confident in his game and he is enjoying his work.

“At the moment he is able to transfer the work on the training ground on to the field of play and is playing really, really well.”