Neeksens Kebano says he has adapted to the competitiveness and physicality of the Championship and is ready to help fire Fulham into the play-off picture.
The Congolese winger had a tough start to life at Craven Cottage but has exploded onto the scene after a successful African Cup of Nations competition with his country – seizing his chance to impress head coach Slavisa Jokanovic with a flurry of goals. Kebano told GetWestLondon that he is concentrating on making the most of his opportunity:
I took the time to adapt because I moved from another country, so now I know much more about my team mates and it’s a bit easier to play with them so I was waiting for my chance. Now I have it I try to do my best to bring what I can bring to the squad.
It is always a pleasure to hear praise from the opposition and journalists, but I’m just focused on my goal with the team, we have the same goal and that is the most important thing for me and the team.
Like skipper Tom Cairney, Kebano has recognised that March is a pivotal month in Fulham’s quest to close the gap on the division’s top six. The former Genk winger says the opportunity to take points off some of their closest rivals offers Fulham a real opportunity to stake a claim for the play-offs:
This month is very important because we have a game each three days so it is the best way to win the maximum points. After this month we will know if we are still in the race for the play offs.
Kebano also praised the impact of Fulham’s supporters for steadying the side’s nerves during a tense encounter against Leeds on Tuesday night.
The fans are very important, like against Leeds where we missed some energy they are always there to push us so with their support we know we can be very strong.