Monday 13 February 2012
Fulham boss Martin Jol hailed Pavel Pogrebnyak after the Russian made a scoring debut in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.
Pogrebnyak, a deadline-day signing for the Cottagers, showed good composure as he scored the first goal in Fulham's 2-1 win over Stoke.
And Jol said that the way Pogrebnyak was adjusting to life in the English top flight was testament to his ability.
"I know the English game and I think he can do well here"
- Martin Jol
"He wanted to come to England and we were the team who gave him this opportunity which was a very positive thing because usually good players stay at their own clubs," said Jol, who signed the striker from German side Stuttgart.
"It was only two and a half weeks ago he was playing for Stuttgart so, after that game, they said he can go somewhere else and we were just in time. The timing was good."
Jol added: "[The Bundesliga] is a strong league and I knew Pavel’s style of play. I wanted him when I was in Germany for Hamburg.
"He knew that and that probably gave us a little edge as well.
"I spoke to his coaches, Guus Hiddink and Dick Advocaat, and he's a regular in the Russian national team, which is a strong team so I knew his credentials were good.
"I know the English game and I think he can do well here because what we have seen in training and against Stoke has given us a boost."