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Why the mercurial Aboubakar Kamara justified his selection in the Fulham starting lineup

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Why the mercurial Aboubakar Kamara justified his selection in the Fulham starting lineup

Aboubakar Kamara is undoubtedly the most unpredictable player in the Fulham squad — one moment he can strike a shot miles over from forty yards out, and the next he can be bulldozing three players and scoring a remarkable goal.

On Wednesday night in Fulham’s 1-1 draw against Leicester City, the mercurial winger exhibited the latter, justifying his selection in the starting lineup with a superb individual strike.

The midweek match marked the Frenchman’s first league start since the Whites’ 3-0 loss to Bournemouth in October, and many were surprised to see Kamara feature ahead of the fit-again Andre Schurrle.

But Kamara silenced the doubters shortly before halftime when he latched onto the end of an exquisite Aleksandar Mitrovic back-heel. Making a darting run inside from his right wing position, Kamara flew past Leicester centre-half Caglar Soyuncu and then left the defender for dead with a well-executed cutback.

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With Soyuncu sliding into the advertising hoardings, Kamara had time to settle and fire a low shot between the legs of Kasper Schmeichel.

The goal came at a crucial time for the Cottagers, putting the home side ahead right before the break — the first time Fulham had scored first in a match since their October loss to Cardiff.

 

Kamara was also lively throughout the rest of the match, rampaging down the wing and terrorising opposition fullbacks with his acceleration and direct play.

Claudio Ranieri has shown a willingness to more prominently utilise Fulham’s wingers, and with Aboubakar Kamara’s impressive midweek display, the Frenchman could be in store for a consistent run in the starting XI.

 

 

 

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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