Timothy Fosu-Mensah made the move down from Manchester United prior to the start of the season and the loan move is one that he describes as having been a good experience as he adds more playing time to his CV at the top level.
Going into this weekend’s game against Burnley he has made 19 appearances for the club and believes that his five months in south London have made him stronger as a player.
“I have enjoyed my time here and it’s a great opportunity to play in the Premier League and has been a good experience for me. The pressure is the same, regardless of the team you play in, because the teams you face are tough to play against and the aim is to win points and games which is never an easy task. For me it is good to be involved in this level of the game and it makes me stronger as a player and can only be to my advantage.”
The 20 year old defender put in a man of the match performance against Manchester City at the end of 2017 as the side hit the headlines putting an end to the visitors 18 match winning run but the Netherlands international doesn’t feel Roy Hodgson’s side approached that one encounter in any different way.
“We went into the game with a good shape and a positive attitude and this provided a good team performance. We worked on our tactics going into that match with the manager giving us some specific instructions around their team but our philosophy is similar each week as we look to hold a solid shape and put pressure on when you can, in that game it worked well for us.”
Hodgson came in soon after Fosu-Mensah joined for his season long loan and he believes the methods that the experienced manager drills into his team has certainly shown through in the week to week contests of the Premier League.
It was clear that changes would be needed for the side to turn things around and Fosu-Mensah believes the confidence the boss gave the squad had an immediate impact.
“He works hard on the training pitch at us being focussed and concentrated on the job in hand, for me he is good to work under because he is very experienced and I can only learn from him. As I said we work hard on our shape and being prepared for games but we work on the attacking side of our game as well and an example of that could be seen in the victory at Leicester when we won 3-0. We showed the style of football that he likes us to play and approached the match in the right way and with our game plan carried through perfectly, we completed a fine victory against a good side.
“In our position when he came in the squad needed confidence and he certainly gives us that but it is also about performing well on a regular basis. He is also a great believer in working towards the next game and installs into us not to get blown away by what has gone on before but be ready to perform again and that is another key element he has made us understand.”
The squad is showing the effects of a busy fixture schedule with an increased injury list but it always gives opportunities to others and Fosu-Mensah is one who has taken his chance in recent weeks.
This weekend Burnley arrive in SE25 sitting in seventh place in the Premier League but Timothy believes that the form which the home side are in can have an impact on the outcome of the afternoon’s action on Saturday.
“It’s not easy because we have players out who have played a lot of games but we have other good players to come in and they are ready to do the job that the manager expects from them.
“I have a very positive feeling about our group of players, we have a talented squad, as our results have shown, so I think we will continue to do well but we have to be on it every week
“Credit to Burnley because they are doing very well but for us it’s another very important game and we will be going into it looking to get maximum points which is no different to any other week.”