But Ful­ham’s Ayite doesn’t want the Whites to be such great en­ter­tain­ers

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Sam El­liott

FUL­HAM for­ward Floyd Ayite believes his club will join the di­vi­sion’s elite by mak­ing it into the top six – but only if they ditch their tag as the Cham­pi­onship’s great en­ter­tain­ers.

The West Lon­don­ers have been a joy to watch for any neu­tral and their sea­son is best il­lus­trated by last week­end’s thrilling 4-4 draw at Wolves.

Slav­isa Jokanovic’s men re­cently bat­tered fel­low pro­mo­tion hope­fuls Read­ing and Hud­der­s­field by five goals and on Tues­day night came from be­hind to beat Rother­ham United 2-1.

The Ser­bian has cer­tainly im­posed his en­er­getic style of foot­ball on Ful­ham, but there’s cause for con­cern that the side are start­ing to be­come too gung-ho in their at­tack­ing 4-3-3 for­ma­tion.

Be­fore yes­ter­day’s fix­tures, the play-off hunt­ing Whites had con­ceded two more goals than sec­ond-from-bot­tom Wi­gan Ath­letic.

Ayite scored Ful­ham’s win­ner against the Millers – and the French-born striker believes he is re­ally start­ing to set­tle in the cap­i­tal since his sum­mer switch from Ligue 1 Bas­tia.

Speak­ing through a trans­la­tor, he told the Foot­ball League Pa­per: “We are the sec­ond high­est scor­ers in the di­vi­sion. We score a lot of goals and this shows we play good foot­ball.

“Some­times, though, we are a lit­tle bit open and that is some­thing we need to con­sider. We con­cede a lot of goals and now we have to find the right bal­ance be­tween at­tack­ing and de­fend­ing. If we can, this will show we are an ef­fec­tive side. “Once we have worked on these prob­lems we can look ahead and be pos­i­tive about the fu­ture and the rest of the sea­son. I think we are one of the best sides who plays re­ally good foot­ball and I think we have a very good chance of reach­ing the top six. “If we can con­tinue to at­tack like we do, we have a very good chance.” Ayite ad­mits he’s sur­prised at how quickly he has set­tled in Eng­land, with the lan­guage bar­rier the hard­est hur­dle to clear. the time that ex­pires, he is de­ter­mined to have sam­pled the Premier League life.

“I am mak­ing progress with my English ev­ery day,” he said. “It isn’t easy. There are cer­tain codes which you un­der­stand on the pitch and I still pre­fer to do in­ter­views in French at the mo­ment, so I can ex­plain prop­erly.

“I came here to ex­pe­ri­ence this great thing (English foot­ball) and I am so happy I have been so warmly wel­comed by the fans since I ar­rived.

“I am equally as happy that I have been able to give some­thing back to them.

“My goal is to take the team back to the Premier League.

“It’s where I want to play and it’s where Ful­ham want to play.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

SLOPPY: Joe Newell ex­posed Ful­ham in mid­week FREE SCOR­ING FUL­HAM: Sone Aluko has been great to watch this sea­son The Togo in­ter­na­tional, 28, signed a three­year deal in the sum­mer and, by NET BEN­E­FIT: Togo in­ter­na­tional Floyd Ayite scores the Ful­ham win­ner against Rother­ham FOUR­SOME: Wolves broke through with ease

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