Marco Silva believes new Fulham defender Calvin Bassey will improve with his performance for Fulham after scoring in his second appearance for them on Saturday.

The 23-year-old recently joined the West London club from Ajax on a four-year contract and made his debut for them in their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in a friendly game a week ago, coming on at half-time to replace Luc De Fougerolles.

He was named in manager Marco Silva’s lineup in his second game for the Cottagers against Hoffenheim and rewarded with an excellent performance that came with his first goal for his new club.

Bassey showed his aerial threat by scoring with a bullet header after a perfect delivery from Andreas in the 73rd minute.

He was also named the Man of the Match following by the fans.

After the game, Silva said he was impressed with the performance he saw from his new signing and has seen enough to believe the 23-year-old will only get better with time.

“It will be different for Calvin as it will be his first time in the Premier League. Even though he’s a London boy, it’s new and he will soon understand better how will defend. We knew what type of player we were signing and the skills he has,” Silva told the club’s website.

The 23-year-old is hoping he has done enough to earn a place in Marco Silva’s starting lineup ahead of Fulham’s season opener against Everton next Saturday where he is likely going to come up against his compatriot, Alex Iwobi.

The Cottagers ended last season an impressive 10th place and will hope Bassey’s arrival can propel them higher on the table in the new season.

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