Ian Holloway insists Fulham youngsters face a ‘baptism of fire’ in the Championship - and has told his Millwall side to turn up the heat at Craven Cottage tomorrow.
The QPR legend reckons teenager Patrick Roberts is one to watch after his showing in Fulham’s 2-1 defeat at Ipswich, but the man who made his name in west London before moving south, reckons Fulham’s new slant on youth is going to be sorely tested.
“When you’re spending zillions and zillions your owners want you to stay up, and they’ll want them to go back,” he said.
“All the best of with that sort of transition. I’ve had it at Blackpool - the best players get stolen. It is a baptism of fire in this division.
“But the young lad that came on at Ipswich, Roberts, he looked fantastic. If that’s what’s going to happen, and that sort of player comes on, they’re going to be a better team.”
Olly met Felix Magath recently for a chat, and coveted the background in which Fulham’s German was raised.
It’s all the more poignant at a club counting the pennies where the Millwall manager has dug into his own pocket to help foot hotel stays on away trips.
“I met Felix a couple of weeks ago and he’s a fantastic man,” said Olly. “I’m a bit envious of where he comes from.
“Germany think bigger and better than we do: like a £25 million sports complex just to go to the World Cup.
Even so, Fulham were a Premier League side last year, but I don’t care. It’s a case of welcome to the real world of the Championship.”