Claudio Ranieri believes that signing Ryan Babel was the shrewdest move by Fulham.
The player joined the Lilywhites on loan from Besiktas in January.
Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri believes that signing Ryan Babel from Besiktas on loan this January was the shrewdest move by the west London club. He also said that the player has proved himself as a leader. The Dutch winger has made an immediate impact after his arrival at Craven Cottage with his brilliant performances in both the matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion.
Speaking to the media, the former Premier League winning manager said, “Babel’s a leader. When you see him in the training session; he was speaking to a player who was 18 years old and saying ‘You have to do this, you have to do this’.”
He added, “It’s fantastic. That means he is involved in this project. It’s not only for himself. He came here and has tried to give everybody his experience. That is important. I didn’t know he would come with this spirit and I’m very, very surprised but also very happy. I want a positive man. Leaders, because we need leaders. If you are a leader, you think about everything. You don’t think only for yourself. I knew him a long time ago. When we asked if he wanted to come, he said, ‘Yes! I want!’ Oh, fantastic! I want a player who wants to come.”
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