Eidur back on track at Fulham

Gudjohnsen has joined the Cottagers on loan until the end of the

season, when he becomes a free agent. The 32-year-old Iceland

striker endured a difficult five months at the Britannia Stadium,

where he made just five substitute appearances. Only two matches

into his spell at Fulham and Gudjohnsen is relieved to see the

gloom he felt at Stoke is already lifting. “It’s nice to be loved

again. I’ll say that blatantly, I feel the coaching staff are happy

to have me here and have great belief in me,” he said. “That helps.

No disrespect to Stoke, if you are not in the team it’s

frustrating. “I thought that if nothing happens at Stoke I might

just fade away a little bit. I needed to move. I felt so bad. “It

had been since April since I started a game in the league. Too long

had gone by. “There was no negativity. I spoke to (Stoke boss) Tony

Pulis and we came to the conclusion that it might be better for

both parties if I moved on. “Packing in never crossed my mind. I

always felt I have enough left in me and I intend to use this time

to get my playing career back on track.” Gudjohnsen, who includes

Chelsea, Barcelona, Monaco and Tottenham among his former clubs,

remains confused why his spell at Stoke proved such a

disappointment. “It was weird that basically I never got the

chance,” he said. “I made a handful of substitute appearances – 10

to 15 minutes max. “Nothing bad happened, it just didn’t work out –

different styles of play maybe. “A difference of opinion, it was

difficult to say what it was. In the end it was an easy decision to

leave. “The boys at Fulham have welcomed me in the dressing room

with open arms. “They’re a good bunch of lads and I’ve got a lot to

give still.” Gudjohnsen could feature in Sunday’s FA Cup fifth

round clash with Bolton. “The FA Cup is the only trophy I haven’t

won, apart from the World Cup but I don’t think Iceland will be

winning that anytime soon,” he said. “I lost the final with Chelsea

against Arsenal and that was a time when I hadn’t won any trophies

either. “I remember the excitement leading up to the final and it

is the most special cup competition in the world because of its

history.”