Fulham manager Marco Silva underlined the importance of Bobby Decordova-Reid’s versatility after another impressive performance in Thursday night’s west London derby victory against Chelsea.

He has shown how versatile he can be for Fulham, taking up multiple different positions on the pitch, and has impressed at Premier League level. ‘Bobby already for me has played in three of four different positions. Even against Chelsea, he was our plan B to play as a striker.’

Decordova-Reid, alongside defender Tosin Adarabioyo, had his contract extended until the summer of 2024 after flourishing in a high-flying Fulham team, who now sit sixth in the table.

Silva said: ‘Bobby is a really good example. Even to change something in the games, to prepare the games as well if you have a certain number of players on the pitch who can help me to take different decisions during the game. 

The 29-year-old also played his part in the Cardiff team relegated in 2018/19, scoring five league goals and grabbing two assists. ‘He had a tough night, the day before the Chelsea game, he was a little bit unwell. He still managed to play 65 minutes,’ Silva added.

Decordova-Reid has four goals and an assist in 18 league appearances for Fulham this season. He’s also picked up six yellow cards, which saw him suspended for Fulham’s defeat against Manchester City in November, after picking up his fifth.

Fulham now travel to Newcastle after a gritty SW6 Derby win over Chelsea. Newcastle had the luxury of an extra two day break, after Tuesday’s Carabao Cup Quarter-final win against Leicester. Fulham are searching for a fifth Premier League win in a row, six in all competitions.

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