Riether hails Berbatov's impact at Fulham

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

Fulham full-back Sascha Riether has hailed Dimitar Berbatov’s impact at the club since his summer move from Manchester United, calling the Bulgarian a “great player”.

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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Speaking to the Hammersmith Chronicle, Riether said: "We know that Berba's a great player and we saw that again [against Reading].

“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."