Comment: How Lasse Vigen Christensen will be the answer to Fulham’s midfield problems

The Dane from Esbjerg, who signed for the Lilywhites in January 2012, has broken into the first team this season, showing character and composure well beyond his 20 years.

Christensen has Cottagers fans on the edge of their seats and having scored or assisted in six of his last eight games it is easy to see why.

His goal against Huddersfield epitomised Christensen’s strengths, a good brain and great technical ability, as he nutmegged Mark Hudson before deftly chipping home.

What makes Christensen’s rise all the more impressive is his ascent from relative obscurity.

After a summer of offloading high waged players, the buzz of exhilarating young talent bursting onto the scene took hold at Craven Cottage.

A list of names such as Patrick Roberts, George Williams, Cauley Woodrow and Moussa Dembele were being spoken about with such excitement.

Christensen was not on that list. Very few had heard of him and even less earmarked him for success as questions were raised over whom would sit alongside Scott Parker in the Whites midfield.

Then manager Felix Magath was unconvinced of Christensen’s credentials relegating him to the under-21 side.

However, this did not last long, one point from the first seven league games saw Magath fired and the Whites rooted at the bottom of the table.

Kit Symons having since taken over has performed admirably getting the Cottagers marching up the league.

Symons, who had been Fulham’s under-21 head coach, has garnered success by believing in these youngsters and his trust has been rewarded.

This has been embodied in Christensen more so than in anyone else, now a permanent fixture in central midfield, the Dane has played the full 90 minutes in all of the cottagers last six unbeaten games.

“Kit and I have been working together for about two years now. He’s been my manager ever since I came here really. He’s a big part of why I am the player I am today,” said Christensen, in a matchday programme interview.

Fulham fans are no longer asking the question of who will play in central midfield; they are now watching yet another exciting youth talent hone his skills at the Cottage.

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