Interview Fulham Under-21 Star Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson “The Future Is Bright at Fulham”

Icelandic midfielder Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson has been making a name for himself this season. If like me you have Fulham’s Twitter on notifications you will surely have seen that Thorsteinsson has been on fire this season. Scoring 7 in 21 from midfield the 19 year-old has aspirations of reaching the first team in the coming years.

Thorsteinsson spoke to CharlesJonesSports about his time at the club so far in an exclusive interview.

CJ: “You’ve had a fantastic season so far what would you put your improvement this year down to?”

JDT: “I played alot of football last season for both u18’s and u23’s and I think that is what’s helped me improve my game this season.”

CJ: “You joined Fulham in 2015 how did that move come about?”

JDT: “I first came to fulham in February 2015 on trial for one week with my team mate from back home. We both stayed here for a week. After that week they offered me another weeks trial. I came over again in april and after playing one friendly with u16’s they offered me a contract. after that i moved over permanently in the summer.”

CJ: “Were you hesitant to come over to England at such a young age?”

JDT: “It was a big decision to come to England, and a hard one. To go to a club as big as Fulham was huge and tough to begin with but i think i got used to it quite quickly.”

CJ: “Other than yourself who else in the development squad do you see becoming a potential first team player?”

JDT: “We have a a lot of youngsters coming through. A lot of players have been going on loan to get first team games. In our u23’s and u18’s there are so many good players. The future is bright at fulham and hopefully we will see some players make the step up to the first team

CJ: “Being Icelandic did you get any grief from team mates after Euro 2016?”

JDT: “After Euro 2016, the English players didn’t really wanna talk about it. (laughs) But i think everybody was happy for us to get so far in the tournament being such a small country.”

CJ: “Being able to play both through the middle and on the wing what would you say your best position is?”

JDT: “I can play both as a left winger and as a number 10. However I see myself in the future somewhere on that left side, be it in the midfield or on the wing.”

CJ: “Is there any player in the first team that you look up to?”

JDT: “When Ragnar Sigurdsson played for Fulham i used to look up to him. Great player and a great guy aswell.”

CJ: “In a previous interview you said Dennis Adeniran had “The best banter” at the club. Adeniran has since departed to Everton. With the youth levels being such a revolving door at times have you found it hard to create relationships with your team mates?”

JDT: “I think the way the boys took me in when i came over helped alot. I have very good relationships with my team mates and I have made many close friends here.”

CJ: “If you could compare your playstyle to any other player who would you compare yourself to?”

JDT: “That’s is a very difficult question. probably somebody who is very slow (laughs) I couldn’t think of any names though.

Watford want £2m loan fee for Okaka’s return to Fulham

In the past 24 hours it has been confirmed by multiple news outlets that Stefano Okaka may be returning to Craven Cottage 8 years after his first loan spell.

There is a serious interest from Fulham however, there is a stumbling block that may force The Whites to look elsewhere. Watford are asking for a £2m loan fee for Okaka.

£2m for a 6 month loan seems very steep although, it is a risk that may pay off if the Italian forward can fire Fulham to the Premier League. Fulham are currently only 5 points away from 2nd place in The Championship.

They are also the 2nd highest scorers in the league trailing only Wolves however goals from their strikers have been hard to come by. Aboubakar Kamara has hit good form recently however his goal tally stands at only seven for the season. Summer signing Rui Fonte has fared even worse scoring only three during this campaign.

It is clear to see why Fulham want to bolster their attack as Wednesday’s deadline approaches. Will Fulham pay £2m to have a striker for 6 months? If history is anything to go by then yes. In January 2012 Fulham paid £4m to sign Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak on a 6 month contract. Pogrebnyak had a great half season at Fulham but moved to Reading when his contract was up in the summer.

Stefano Okaka has played for Fulham before in 2010 he joined on loan playing 11 games and scoring twice.

Tom Cairney is set to depart Fulham for West Ham United but Fulham already have his replacement lined up

Fulham captain Tom Cairney is set to leave The Whites during the January transfer window joining London rivals West Ham United. A £15 million bid was rejected earlier this week by The Cottagers however a revised bid including add ons is thought to have been accepted.

Cairney is one of the most talented midfielders in the championship and is definitely cut out for Premier League football. The arrival of Cairney at West Ham however could pave the way for the departure of Manuel Lanzini.

Fulham have seemingly already set their targets on Cairney’s replacement. As I reported on twitter earlier this week Fulham have made contact with Rubin Kazan over the transfer of Ex Blackburn Rovers midfielder Ruben Rochina.

It is thought that Rochina would be a direct replacement for the departing captain adopting the same attacking midfield role.

Rochina always looked a talent in the Premier League during his time with Blackburn Rovers. The 26 year-old looks set for a return to England after leaving the Lancashire side in 2014. Rochina scored his first ever Premier League goal against Fulham in a 1-1 draw most remembered for the debut of Bryan Ruiz.

How Super Bowl Success For The Jacksonville Jaguars Could Be A Good Thing For Fulham

The Jacksonville Jaguars have just been beaten narrowly by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game; being denied the opportunity reach the Super Bowl for the first time in their history.

The Jags shouldn’t be disheartened by the result though as a Super Bowl is in sight within the next couple of years if they can keep the core group of players together.

The Jaguars have seen a lot of success as of late due to huge investment from owner Shahid Khan. The same man who owns Fulham F.C.

Since his $770 million takeover of the Florida franchise in 2011, The Jags have gone from being the worst team in the NFL to serious contenders. With their star players such as Blake Bortles and Calais Campbell earning just under $20 million a year. Khan hasn’t been shy of putting his money into the squad.

Khan hasn’t been as generous during his time as Fulham owner. Spending money sporadically with certain big investments such as Kostas Mitroglou backfiring after a £12 million outlay.

By all accounts Khan is a lot more focussed on getting The Jaguars Super Bowl success than he is getting Fulham back to the Premier League. Handing over day to day running if the club to his son Tony who is quite a controversial figure amongst Fulham fans.

So how does success in the US bode well for Fulham on the banks of the Thames? If Khan tastes success at the Jags in the next couple of years he may want to do the same at Fulham.

If Khan can see what he is able to do if he puts money into a sports franchise he may want to taste similar success in the other kind of football. Shahid Khan is worth a reported $8.5 billion dollars making him the seventh richest football club owner in England, above the likes of The Glazers and John. W. Henry.

He pays the highest earner at the Jacksonville Jaguars around $365,000 a week according to whereas Fulham’s highest earner is apparently Tom Cairney earning £35,000 a week according to reports. Which comes to around $48,000 over 7.5 times less than Blake Bortles earns in the NFL. So if Khan put in to Fulham a fraction of what he puts into The Jags The Whites would be able to steamroll The Championship in a similar fashion to Wolves this season.

Of course financial fair play would be an obstacle, however due to it being a three year process of calculating financial outlays one year of big investment in The Championship would get Fulham into the Premier League where TV deals and sponsorships almost make FFP something you don’t need to worry about. That is if Fulham don’t get promoted this campaign.

I will always remember Khan saying in his first interview on Sky Sports News that he wanted to compete with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City with Fulham and the taste of success with The Jaguars may be the motivation he needs to make this a reality at Fulham. Rather than just palming off responsibilities to his son, he may take the reigns at Fulham and inject some of his billions into making Fulham a top team in England.

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