Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pogrebnyak keeping feet on the ground

Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak is refusing to look beyond the end of the season as the Cottagers scramble to offer him a long-term deal.
The Russia international joined on a six-month deal from Stuttgart in the January transfer window, a low key replacement for Bobby Zamora, who left for QPR in a big money deal the same way.
You can forgive Fulham fans for feeling a little smug as they look to have taken the better side of the deal, with Pogrebnyak slamming home five goals in just three Live Football matches – including a hat-trick against Wolves last Sunday.
His goal-scoring exploits have understandably therefore raised his profile and alerted other clubs who may be tempted to snare the 28-year-old away from the Cottage, who would be a handy punt if you want to bet on the top scorer  ahead of next season.
When quizzed on the issue Pogrebnyak  insisted he was concentrating on the present, while admitting he was loving life in west London.
"I'm here for six months initially and after that the club and I will see what can happen," Pogrebnyak told Fulham's official magazine.
"My target is adapt to English football and to learn the way of the team - these are the most important things.
"Right now I am only thinking about the present and the next game that comes.
"[It was an easy decision to come to Fulham as] there had been interest in me in the past so I was aware of Fulham as a club and had followed their progress for a while.
"It has long been a dream of mine to come and play in the Premier League, so when the circumstances came about to enable the move to happen in January I was naturally very happy."

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