Cookie hails Diop
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fulham boss Chris Coleman has hailed the impact of Papa Bouba Diop this season.Fulham boss Chris Coleman has hailed the impact of Papa Bouba Diop this season.
The Senegalese midfielder has been linked with a move away from Craven Cottage with Everton said to be keeping tabs on his situation.
The 27-year-old only arrived in West London in the summer from Lens, but he has made a massive impact after shunning rivals Portsmouth to sign for Fulham.
Coleman is aware of the talk regarding Diop's future but he insists he is going nowhere and he is delighted with his displays this term.
"We've missed Bouba recently - he's a big presence," said Coleman.
"He defends well, is very strong and is dangerous in the air. He can do a bit of everything and has been a great find.
"I knew big Bouba would do well once he'd found his feet. I thought we'd see the best of him next season but he's already put some great displays in.
"Physically he's the strongest player in the league and he's so important to us. When he's not there we do miss something. If we do look to sell any players this summer, he certainly won't be one of them."
Meanwhile, Fulham have announced a new major sponsorship deal after they have signed a multi-million shirt deal with Pipex.