Slaviša Jokanović has praised the performance of Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Michael Norwood after the former Manchester United, Huddersfield Town and Reading midfielder made his competitive debut for Fulham against Norwich City on Saturday.
It wasn't the easiest of opening fixtures but Fulham head coach Jokanović believes his trio of new signings - Norwood, plus Aboubakar Kamara and Ibrahima Cisse - can all be “satisfied” with their competitive debuts.
Norwood, 26, started the Championship season opener against the Canaries while Kamara and Cisse came on off the bench, getting around half an hour's game time each.
And while disappointed with the result, a 1-1 draw, Cottagers boss Jokanović was pleased with what the new trio added to the Fulham squad.
“I’m satisfied with the new players as they’ve showed great desire and are working hard," he said. "I believe Oliver Norwood played a very good 60 minutes, and moved the ball well.
“Kamara has only had four sessions with us, but he’s already shown that he’s a strong and fast man.
"Norwood, Kamara and Cisse all can offer us characteristics that we’ve been missing.”
However, overall in the game, Jokanović promised to have a good look at the possession statistics because he felt Norwich saw too much of the ball in the second half at Craven Cottage.
“We weren't fresh enough to find a little more power during the game, and started losing the ball more in the last 20 minutes. We needed to push harder and be stronger off the ball,” he said.
“Norwich started to play between us, so I tried to find a more aggressive and stronger solution in midfield with Cisse. They created many problems on the left side, so I put on Denis Odoi to try and fix the problem.”