Who are ya? Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham signing)
The 26-year-old attacking midfielder-cum-winger is embarking on his first spell outside of Germany having spent his entire career there completing spells in the BundesLiga at Hertha Berlin and Wolfsburg.
But now Craven Cottage will be his new home after completing a late summer transfer reportedly worth some €2.5 million on a three-year deal.
A lot will be expected of Dejagah for some creative influence given the late losses of Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey to Tottenham but the early signs are promising following Berbatov’s impressive cameo in the club’s most recent 3-0 demolition of West Bromwich Albion.
It is expected that Dejagah will challenge Damien Duff and Bryan Ruiz for a place on the Cottagers right flank and the Iranian could be described as a fast and aggressive competitor.
We see many foreign stars come and fail in the Premier League but the BundesLiga is likely to have served Dejagah well in his footballing education.
It may have panned out very differently for Dejagah at international level with the Tehran-born player having figured for Germany at five different respective age groups up to Under 21 level for Die Mannschaft.
However, after striking four goals in 20 appearances for the Under 21’s, Dejagah switched his allegiance to the country of his birth – Iran with manager and former Real Madrid boss Carlos Queiroz convincing the player that his future lay with the Asian outfit.
Dejagah has started his Iran career successfully scoring twice on his debut against Qatar in February of this year and he will look to emulate the exploits of successful Iranian footballers before him – Ali Daei, Ali Karimi and Vahid Hashemian.
Dejagah will be the second Iranian to play Premier League football following Andranik Teymourian’s spells with Bolton Wanderers and indeed Fulham a few years back.
Speaking of his new transfer to West London, Dejagah told the club’s official website: “I’m very happy to be signing for Fulham and to come to play in the Premier League.
“I know Sascha (Riether) well and he told me very good things about the club and ; after I had spoken to the manager and heard about the project here, I was convinced.
“So I am happy to be here and I will give my best for the club and our fans.”
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