Ola Aina enjoying centre-back role

Ola Aina enjoying centre-back role
Fulham's Ola Aina (centre) celebrates scoring his side's second goal

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Dec 29, 2020. 10:00

Nigerian defender Ola Aina says he is “really enjoying” playing as a centre-back for Premier League club Fulham.

The versatile 24-year-old, who is on loan at Craven Cottage from Italian club Torino, has played on the right-side of a back three in recent matches, alongside Joachim Andersen and Tosin Adarabioyo.

“Normally I would be playing a bit wider, a bit further up the pitch, but I’ve always said that I’ll put a shift in wherever I’m placed,” Aina told his club’s official website.

“I’m in a back three at the minute and I’m really enjoying it, I feel really comfortable there.”

Fulham after a poor start to the season, have looked far more competitive in recent weeks and their shift in defence has been a major factor.

A draw with Southampton this past weekend means the Cottagers are four unbeaten and have not conceded a goal from open play in their last 445 minutes of football.

“We all know how it was at the beginning of the season, so from that point to now, it just shows the hard work that we’re putting in, as well as the togetherness that we have,” Aina explained.

“But I don’t think it’s only the backline you know, it goes throughout the team, it starts from the top.

“If it didn’t start at the top, then the opposition would get more chances on our goal, so the whole team has done well to get us these clean sheets.”

Fulham will hope to continue their good form when they face Tottenham Hotspur away from home in a London derby on Wednesday evening.

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