An injury suffered to Fulham left-back Maxime Le Marchand in the 1-0 win against Birmingham at St. Andrew’s has provided one of their defenders with an unlikely chance of a run in the first team.
That particular player is Cyrus Christie, who came on for the injured Frenchman in the 35th minute of the contest, with Denis Odoi switching duties.
That meant Christie swapped positions with the Belgian, and operated as a right-back, as opposed to the midfield roles he has been occupying so far this season when utilised.
Christie had a decent game, and he can say that he contributed in some part to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s eventual winner, although he did not officially get the assist.
The 27-year-old’s ball into the box was fumbled by Birmingham goalkeeper Lee Camp, leaving Mitrovic to pounce in the six-yard box for his 12th of the season.
As well as the all-important cross against the Blues, Christie made two successful tackles, won an aerial dual and had a pass completion rate of 79% in the 55 minutes he was on the turf at St. Andrews.
Prior to the game at the weekend, Christie had featured just three times for Fulham previously this season, all off the substitutes bench. He has managed to play 205 minutes of football for the Cottagers this term.
As it is unknown how long Maxime Le Marchand and Joe Bryan will be ruled out for, Christie has to take his chance, and repay the faith shown in him by Scott Parker.
It will likely that the right-back will be involved in some fashion against Queens Park Rangers in the West London derby in nine days time.
As the limelight will be on him in an important fixture, he will be thinking of it as another chance to impress the manager, and hold down the starting spot he had last season, when the club were in the Premier League.
His crossing ability is unquestioned, and Fulham will have to try and use that to their advantage against their rivals next time out, despite usually keeping control of the ball on the floor in large spells so far this season.
He will definitely be as asset to Fulham in the Championship this season, as he has proven himself at this level. It will be up to him to take his chance once again.