Fulham boss Parker backs Decordova-Reid

Bobby Decordova-Reid has been urged to grab his second chance in the Premier League with both hands.

The Fulham forward was in the right place at the right time to notch his second league goal of the season and set up a first win against West Brom on Monday.

The ex-Cardiff City player got his chance because Ruben Loftus-Cheek didn’t take his in two lacklustre showings so far.

Decordova-Reid, like Fulham, knows all about relegation from the top flight.

He also suffered with only five goals in 29 appearances for Cardiff as the Bluebirds took the plunge with the Whites in 2019.

But Fulham head coach Scott Parker believes the player can now kick on and help the club survive this time around.

“He brings a different dynamic to the team and he has a knack of being in around the box,” Parker said.

“The first goal (against West Brom) reminds of us that really. He’s in the box, got good quality – he’s a massive part of what we want to do this year.

“It’s a big step for him and he played in the Premier League for Cardiff.

“He’s an ambitious boy – somebody very willing to listen and learn.

“He can play across the whole of the front, left, right and in the middle, and a midfielder as well.

“But his biggest threat is as a goalscorer. When the ball lands in around the box, he wants to be there.”

Meanwhile, Fulham defender Terence Kongolo faces a continued spell on the sidelines.