Hughes backs Sidwell to impress

The midfielder has joined the Cottagers on an initial six-month
deal, which could be extended through to 2014. He returns to the
capital after enduring frustrating spells at Chelsea and Aston
Villa, during which time he has failed to hold down regular
first-team football. The 28-year-old is a player of proven quality,
though, and Hughes is confident Fulham will be able to bring the
best out of their latest recruit. “Steve will be a hungry player
after his spells at Chelsea and Aston Villa,” he said. “He feels
Fulham is the right vehicle, and we feel that as well. He will give
us that threat from midfield that maybe we have lacked. “Steve can
score goals from midfield. He showed that when he was given a run
in the team at Reading. “He gives us a bit of power from midfield
because he is a good box-to-box player.”