When French striker Moussa Dembele swapped Paris St-Germain for Fulham’s youth academy in summer 2012, a few eyebrows were raised.
But the west London club, then in the Premier League, knew they were on to something special.
“When Moussa was 16 there was no doubt he possessed all the raw ingredients you look for in a striker,” Fulham academy director Huw Jennings told BBC Sport.
“He’s got pace and power, he can finish, use both feet and he is good in the air. He has got good intelligence.
“What stood out for me was not only what you could see on the pitch but I felt a calmness and assuredness off the pitch.
“It is not easy coming across from a foreign country at a young age and the thing Moussa has had to demonstrate more than any others is resilience.”
The 19-year-old’s promise is starting to be realised – he has been named as the Football League’s Young Player of the Month for October.
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