Luciano Vietto settling in nicely at Fulham


Making the switch to Fulham in the summer on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid, it was inherent Luciano Vietto would take time to settle into his new environment.

While he continues to adjust to the language barrier and his new teammates, Vietto’s acquitted himself very nicely indeed after finding things tough in the early goings. “It was a very difficult change for me to settle in, but slowly, slowly I am settling, with the help of everyone in the team, my colleagues, and everyone else at the club,” he explained to Fulham’s official website.

“I’m very comfortable playing in this side because I have an attacking style, but I also like to help the defenders. It’s good to attack but we have to defend as well and work all together.”

Having already notched up three assists in just 342 minutes of Premier League action, the Argentine’s creativity, imagination, intelligence and technique has given Slavisa Jokanovic’s men another dimension going forward.

Blessed with a crisp first touch and tight ball control, Vietto’s technical quality has been a key aspect towards his success, with this granting him a solid foundation to cope with high pressure situations. In addition, his low centre of gravity, agility and vast array of maneuvers has seen him coolly wriggle free from danger in confined spaces.

Clever in his distribution, the former Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla man has passed the ball with clarity and intent, as he’s always looking to engineer promising offensive forays for the Cottagers.

His instinctive movement has then tied the aforementioned together brilliantly, for he’s shown his expertise at finding space within opposition defensive blocks. Very adept at occupying spaces in between the lines, interchanging with his colleagues, bursting in behind and pulling wide, the diminutive attacker’s variations have never let his foes settle into a rhythm of how best to nullify him.

By receiving possession in advantageous body shapes and persistently scanning his surrounds, he’s successfully given himself the information he needs to augment his body prior to obtaining the ball and to observe where his teammates, plus his adversaries, are stationed.

By the numbers, his impact is aptly document by the fact he’s making 2.2 key passes per 90, embarking on one successful per 90, hitting 1.6 shots per 90 and his aforementioned trio of assists.

Growing into life at Craven Cottage more and more with every passing match he gets under his belt, Vietto, who endured quite a tumultuous time during his four year spell in La Liga, is looking primed to make a name for himself at his new club.

In the process, he’s notably silencing all those critics who suggested he’d struggle with the pace and physicality of the Premier League.

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