Fulham defender Cyrus Christie has taken to Instagram after playing a key role during his side’s 1-0 victory over Birmingham on Saturday in what was just his third league appearance this season.
Christie started the match among the substitutes before being introduced in the 35th minute, as a result of Maxime Le Marchand’s first-half injury, and the former Derby man then produced a solid performance at right-back.
The 27-year-old defended well for Scott Parker’s side, while he also added an important attacking threat as his challenging delivery into the box forced Blues goalkeeper Lee Camp into an error which led to Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring the winning goal in the 52nd minute.
Christie has been used sparingly by Parker this season following his difficult time in the Premier League last campaign, but his performance on the weekend will have given the Fulham boss food for thought ahead of their West London derby against QPR after the international break.
The right-back took to Instagram after the match to share an optimistic update following his return to the side, while he also claimed he would be claiming the assist for Mitrovic’s strike.
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Christie has now made 42 appearances since making the move to Craven Cottage from Derby in January 2018, but he has not been named in the starting line-up since the final day of last season.
This was a landmark performance for Christie as he was finally able to remind Fulham of his true abilities following a prolonged spell out of the side so far this season.
The defender delivered a strong performance in both defence and attack for this side, and this must mean he will be in Parker’s thoughts over the international break as he continues to push for a starting spot ahead of the QPR match.
Christie was perhaps used as something of a scapegoat for Fulham’s woes in the Premier League last term, but his showing against Birmingham acted as proof that he is definitely able to make a positive impact for the London club in the second tier.