Kerim Frei made his first Fulham appearance for six months and nearly turned the SW6 derby in Fulham’s last night and the Turkish international was delighted to be back in Martin Jol’s first team.
The 19 year-old’s brief cameo as a second half substitute came only days after he was recalled from his loan spell at Cardiff City and Frei wasted little time in tormenting the Chelsea defence as he did on his first start for the club on the same ground on his first senior start in the League Cup last season. That night saw Frei win a penalty and, on another evening, he might have repeated the feat minutes after replacing the outstanding Giorgis Karagounis.
The teenager beamed his way through a post-match interview with Fulham’s website – his dazzling smile showing everybody how happy he was back in the first team.
It was great again to be on the pitch with Fulham. It was a long time – two and a half months [since his injury on international duty] – and I’m really pleased to be back in the team and to have some minutes on the pitch. I train every day very hard to get my place back and that’s my target in the next few weeks.
It’s hard against Chelsea in every game but you always want to show them that you can do something and in every game I want to show what I can do. To get a point against our rivals tonight is very good, but we’re playing well so we have to have confidence and in the next few games get some more points as well.