The Bulgarian signed for the Cottagers after a disappointing year at Manchester United last season, but he has already established himself as an essential cog in the team
In five Premier League appearances Berbatov has bagged three goals, the latest coming in impressive fashion against Reading, and Riether is adamant the forward is essential to the Cottagers.
The German also added that such is the quality of Berbatov, Fulham’s general game plan revolves around him, with playing the ball into his feet a particular instruction.
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“His goal was unbelievable. He can always keep the ball and he's a very important player for us.
"We saw when he was not there - when he was injured and did not play - that we did not have the player at the front who could keep the ball for us, and it's good to have him back.
"Our game is to always play to Berba's feet."