Dalla Valle delight at Cottage debut


Fulham starlet Lauri Dalla Valle was thrilled to make his first senior appearance for the club last night.

The Finnish teenager made a second-half substitute appearance for the Cottagers in the Europa League against NSI Runavik, replacing Bobby Zamora late-on and providing a clear attacking threat for the Cottagers.

“I enjoyed it a lot. It was a good crowd and it was nice to get on today. I was hoping for it, of course, before the game, and naturally I’m really happy to have got on," he told the official Fulham website.

“I’ve been training with the First Team since I’ve been back and I thought I’d been working hard and doing well, so I thought I might have a chance, and it happened, so I’m feeling really positive and happy about it.”

A product of the Liverpool academy, Dalla Valla moved to Craven Cottage as part of the deal that took Paul Konchesky to Anfield, and has impressed in the club's development squad thus far during his time in west London.


With strikers leaving the club this summer, an opportunity could well arise for the 19-year-old to play more senior football, and the striker is hoping for a 'big' season.

“I knew it could be a big season for me this year so I made sure I kept myself fit over the summer,” he continued.

“And at the moment I’m feeling really good, really sharp, fit and ready for whenever I’m needed.”

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