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.”