Dickson Etuhu has reiterated that he is happy at Fulham after coming through what he described as a ‘very difficult time’ and delivering some fine performances on his return on the side.
The Nigerian midfielder has had to adjust to being out of the team under Martin Jol after having been a regular in the three years he has spent at Craven Cottage since arriving from Sunderland. In recent media interviews, Etuhu mused about the possibility of a January move away from Fulham and the prospect of being dropped when Steve Sidwell reaches full fitness again, but the 29 year-old says he loves life at the club. He does, however, still not rule out looking for a move should he not earn regular first-team football.
I’ve always been happy at the club. Fulham is a great club and I’m not saying [I am unhappy here]. The chairman gave me a very good contract and I could easily keep my mouth shut and collect my money, but that’s not me.
I like to play, I enjoy playing with my team-mates. If I’m not, and I’m on the bench, I’ll obviously have to look elsewhere. But the club has always been good to me, the staff have been great to me and the players have bonded.
We’ve been together so long and we’ve achieved so much together at this club. It’s a lovely place, it’s my home. I love this club.
Etuhu says he has enjoyed his return to the first-team, which began with a 0-0 draw at his former club Sunderland.
Obviously my confidence is up at the moment. It is nice to get a little run. Obviously Siddy is injured at the moment and I am sure he will be back next week sometime, but it is nice to be playing and to be part of it again.
I’ve been at Fulham a long time, I’ve played a lot of games and it has been a very difficult time for me, but I’m enjoying it now. People expect you to play at your best after two or three months, but that is not the way.
It does not work like that, it takes a few games. Luckily I’ve had the chance to see some action and it is helping me.
Etuhu is now fully focused on continuing Fulham’s recent improvement in the league against Liverpool tomorrow night.
Monday is Liverpool at home. They are a great team but we’ve got nothing to lose, have we? When you play the top teams you just go out and play. They are expected to win so the pressure is on them, not us.
We will just go out and play as well as we can at home, where we always do well so it will be an exciting night. Thursday [when Fulham were beaten in the Europa League by FC Twente] wasn’t a great day and it was very disappointing to lose the goal at the last minute. But we will still qualify if we beat Odense at home, so it won’t make a difference.