Sascha Riether has told the Fulham Chronicle that Dimitar Berbatov has had an incredible impact since signing for Fulham on transfer deadline day.

The Bulgarian striker, who was a massive capture for Martin Jol after the Whites lost Mousa Dembele and Clint Dempsey in quick succession in August, scored his third goal in six appearances at Reading on Saturday – a strike that Riether described as ‘unbelievable’. The German defender, currently on loan at Craven Cottage from Cologne, says Berbatov’s presence in the team has given Fulham greater offensive options.

We know that Berba’s a great player and we saw that again [on Saturday]. His goal was unbelievable. He can always keep the ball and he’s a very important player for us.

We saw when he was not there – when he was injured and did not play – that we did not have the player at the front who could keep the ball for us, and it’s good to have him back. Our game is always to be play to Berba’s feet.