Moussa Dembele has vowed to improve and impress at Craven Cottage this season.

The Fulham striker made a solid start to life in west London last season before a series of injuries hampered his progress with the club, ending the campaign with just three goals to his name.

However, the Belgian international is hoping to show the fans why Mark Hughes paid £5 million for his services, and believes new boss Martin Jol is the best manager to utilise his talents.

"The manager knows me already and knows how to use me. He’s given me confidence," said the striker.

“The coach has confidence in the whole group and has told me to ‘show what I’ve got’.

“I had a few injuries last season and feel I have a lot more to show the fans. I want to score more and I think I can do that this year with a bit of luck."

The Cottagers' campaign begins at Aston Villa tomorrow, with the club targeting an improvement on last season's impressive eighth place finish.




 

Whilst Dembele acknowledges the Europa League will add its difficulties to that task, the 24-year-old is confident the club can make an effort towards going even better in the Barclays Premier League.

“We want to do better than last year, although it might be tougher because we’re in the Europa League as well," he said.

“I think the Premier League is stronger than last season. There’ve been a few good players that have come to England and every year it seems to gets better."

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