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Harrison Reed is ‘loving’ his new role as a box-to-box midfielder after new Fulham boss Marco Silva asked him to operate in a more advanced position this season.

The former Southampton midfielder became a crucial cog in the Craven Cottage machine after impressing as a defensively-minded presence in front of the Fulham back four, but after battling persistent injury problems that delayed his introduction into Silva’s new-look side, Reed is now being deployed as a more adventurous member of Fulham’s new-look midfield. The 26 year-old, who made his third consecutive start against QPR on Saturday, told the Athletic:

“I’m loving it. The manager spoke to me and said he’d watched my games from last season and he had seen me before and that he feels I can bring a dynamic, box-to-box side of the game to the team. He knows about my defensive side and defensive mindset, and he said he just wants to push me a little bit more and put me higher up the pitch.

It is working really well. I really enjoy playing in that position, I feel I have got a good balance with Mika. I need to start chipping in with goals and assists but I’m sure if I keep getting in the right positions and keep working on it and analysing, they will come.”