One of the lesser heralded deadline day moves saw Fulham’s highly-rated teenage Estonian midfielder Mattias Käit join Ross County on loan until the end of the season.
The 19 year-old has suffered somewhat from the sheer volume of quality midfielders on Fulham’s books, with Tom Cairney, Ollie Norwood, Kevin McDonald and Stefan Johansen all established as first-team regulars and the likes of Tayo Edun and Luca de la Torre having caught Slavisa Jokanovic’s eye as promising youngsters. Käit did make the bench as an unused substitute earlier in the season and, whilst becoming an underrated performer for Peter Grant’s under 23 side has become a regular in the Estonian midfield at international level.
Käit already has twelve senior Estonian caps to his name and has already scored four times for his country and Owen Coyle, currently trying to lift the Staggies away from foot of the Scottish Premiership, considered his capture of the young central midfielder a real coup:
Mattias is a talented young player who is already a full international for Estonia. I’m delighted to bring him to the club and would like to thank all at Fulham FC for making the deal possible.
Käit wasted no time in making an impact north of the border as he played the full ninety minutes at Dundee on Saturday and helped County record their first win in thirteen matches and move to within three points of Hamilton in the battle for survival. Coyle’s men did it in style – winning 4-1 – and Käit produced a lovely pass to create the fourth goal for substitute Chow as the visitors tasted victory for the first time since November.
Not bad for the young man’s senior debut.