Fulham boss Scott Parker has praised Josh Maja after his “pretty special” Premier League debut against Everton on Sunday.
The forward came through the ranks with Sunderland. He made his league debut for them in 2017/18 when they were playing in the Championship.
The youngster enjoyed a great few months with Sunderland in League One in 2018/19. He scored 15 goals in the league from his 24 outings.
This form led to Maja’s move to French side Bordeaux in January 2019. He has scored eleven times for them since his move from his 49 appearances.
Maja signed for Fulham on loan on transfer deadline day on February 1. He scored a brace for the Londoners in his Premier League debut against Everton to help his new team win 2-0.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s game against Burnley, as cited by the Sunderland Echo, Parker claimed he was “really conscious” that he should not ask too much of Maja too soon:
“What a way to start, full Premier League debut for us. To score two goals and for us to win the game it was pretty special for him really.
“I’m really conscious. I don’t want to put a lot on someone so young’s shoulders. But I’ve been very impressed in the short space of time I’ve been working with Josh and hopefully that can continue really.
“He’s fitted in very, very well. I think he’s come into a young group, a real energetic upbeat group of players and he’s fitted in to that bracket very, very well.
“He’s also fitted in in a short space of time as one who wants to learn, a player who wants to get better and I think that’s vitally important when you come in to where we are and he’s made those strides very, very easily.”