POGGY STYLE LEAVES KELLY FUL OF HOPE
FULHAM defender Stephen Kelly claims new boy Pavel Pogrebnyak can fill the void left by Bobby Zamora.
And after the Russian a battle against Stoke last week with a goal, Kelly reckons he will now be able to handle anything the Premier League throws at him.
Zamora left on deadline day to bitter rivals QPR and fans were fuming at boss Martin Jol’s failure to land a proven goalscorer as his replacement.
Instead he plumped for unknown Russian Pogrebnyak, who is on loan from Stuttgart.
But Pogrebnyak scored on his debut to help Fulham to victory over the Potters and Kelly said: “If he continues like that, I’m sure he’ll be fantastic for us.
“He made the impact we wanted. In the couple of days training we had with him, you could see he was the type of striker that will keep the ball well and wants to score goals.
“He’s strong, he’s a big boy and he’s exactly what we need to link up play and it’s probably what we were lacking in the last couple of games.
“It was a baptism of fire for him. There are not going to be more ferocious teams trying to head the ball and come through the back of him than Stoke, so to prove he was able to withstand that was a good sign.”