Kudus: “There’s a lot to come from me and the fans are amazing”


Mohammed Kudus celebrates against Newcastle

Kudus thanks Hammers “amazing fans”

Mohammed Kudus grabbed his first Premier League goal and third for the Irons since arriving  making it three goals in six appearances.

He of course grabbed two against Backa Topola in the Europa League to go alongside the three he has fired home for Ajax before leaving for the Hammers.

His strike yesterday could hardly have come at a better time when his effort from the edge of the back beat the Newcastle keeper Nick Pope to earn us a point.

Few goals are more precious than those required in such circumstances than those just a couple of minutes from time

His first touch had set up a shooting chance from which he made absolutely no mistake with a fine left footed effort.

And afterwards he said: “It feels very good to score that goal, of course. “Most importantly it made a difference for the team, which was us getting a point.

“Even though we wanted the three points, I was happy to score my first [Premier League] goal and it was important that we got a point out of it.”

Kudus was watched by Ghanaian pop star Stonebwoy such is his fame in the Netherlands and the former Ajax forward was delighted .

He said: “Stonebwoy actually said I would score two goals and I scored one of them so he brought the luck to the stadium today!

“It was great to celebrate with our amazing fans. When we were down 2-1 and I was on the bench we could still feel the support and the energy from the fans, so thank you to them for that.

“I think it uplifted the players’ energy a lot. It was a great atmosphere today, everyone gave their best so we take the point we gained from it.”

“We are not satisfied [with the draw] and we aim even higher. We wanted three points but we’ll settle for this, take the point and then focus on the next game after the break.

“Newcastle are a very good side but we go into every game with the same mentality and the same approach. We wanted three points, we couldn’t get them, but it was good to get the draw.

“I feel there is a lot under to come from me. Definitely the team, the coaches, everybody around me have helped me a lot to settle in and it feels like a family already. 

“The fans are amazing as well. Credit to everybody around the team for helping me settle well, but I’m still learning and I feel there is more for me to give.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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