Stefan Johansen eyes more first-team action


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Midfielder Stefan Johansen is confident he will see more action at Fulham this season after being stifled by manager Slavisa Jokanovic in the early part of the campaign.

The 27-year-old joined the Cottagers in 2016 after three season with Celtic and has made 89 appearances in all competitions for the west Londoners.

Most of those have come in the Championship where he was a regular in the centre of the park, but the club’s summer recruitment drive after promotion to the Premier League has seen him slip down the pecking order.

The Norway international has played just 41 minutes of top-flight football spread across three substitute appearances and is clearly on the periphery of the manager’s plans.

He did play 90 minutes in the EFL Cup clash with Exeter and it may well be that the former Stromsgodset schemer has to bide his time before being given the nod to return to league action.

However, Johansen has seen it all before and adamant that he will eventually win the battle for a place in the side.

“If you return to two years ago, I had to fight for a place on the team as well,” he told VG.

“I have a good dialogue with the manager, and he has explained the situation.

“It takes some time to settle the team when you have picked up so many new ones, and I’m sure I’ll get my chances.”

Fulham have made a solid if unspectacular start to the season and sit in 13th place in the table, with four points from as many games played and they can be backed at 3.30 to end up as the top promoted club

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