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Fulham winger Harry Wilson can’t wait to test himself against familiar opposition when the Whites take on Bournemouth in the top-of-the-table clash at Craven Cottage this evening.

The Welsh international, who has a superb start to life in SW6 since signing from Liverpool this summer, spent a season on loan at Bournemouth in 2019/20 and knows that they will be difficult opponents. He told Fulham’s official website:

“There’s still a lot of the staff and a lot of the players are still the same. I know the manager’s changed and there’s a few new faces, but I think the core of that squad are players that I played there with. So I know the quality of them, and a lot of the boys here who played under Scott Parker know what he’s like as well, so there’s two teams who are going to know a lot about each other, and come Friday night it’s up to us to make sure we’re the better team.

When you play against a Bournemouth team, especially in the Championship, you know what a good and strong outfit they’re going to be, and they’ve shown that this season. And for me to play against a few of my friends and people I’ve shared the pitch with is going to be good.”

Wilson warns that any friendships, such as his particularly close bond with Bournemouth and Welsh centre back Chris Mepham, will be on hold tonight.

“I class Meps as one of my best mates so it’s going to be good to play against him. As soon as that whistle goes, obviously we won’t be friends, but before the game I’m sure we’ll have a little catch up and take the mick out of each other, and then afterwards it will be the same. But for that 90 or 95 minutes, our friendship will be put to one side because I’ll be doing all I can to win the game for Fulham.