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  • By Alessandro Schiavone

Fulham, sign this rising Ivorian right-back who is clearly an upgrade on Tete and Castagne


By Alessandro Schiavone in Lens


Ivory Coast 2-1 Uruguay

Goals: Olivera OG (IC), Viñas (U), Doué (IC)


Whatever Wilfried Singo was worth before the friendly against Uruguay, stick another €15 million to it.


Because in Lens last night the Ivory Coast right-back was a delight to watch on and off the ball. And he didn't waste any time in creating his team's opening goal after his low curling cross was fortuitously bundled into his own net by Napoli's Mathias Olivera.


And he could have registered another one when he picked out Oumar Diakité only for the rising Reims hitman to flick his header wide.


It's hard to believe that Singo, 23, only has an assist to his name in 19 outings with Monaco in Ligue 1 as he could have had two tonight alone.


He's such a good crosser of the ball and despite playing as a right-back he carried way more threat going forward than Arsenal flop Nicolas Pepe. Barring a sombrero followed by a misplaced pass, the ex-Gunner overwhelmed throughout. No wonder Arsenal fans take a dim view of him whenever they look back.


Meanwhile Singo combined quality and quantity, graft and craft, a tactical nous and technical brilliance. He also adds extraordinary athleticism and bravado.


And the applauses were all for him when he cut off the channels with a brilliant intervention up in the air in the first-half. With all due respect to Kenny Tete and Timothy Castagne but if Saka was a huge upgrade on Pepe then Singo is the Dutchman and the Belgian rolled into one.


He looked like a million dollars tonight and Fulham should break the bank to lure him from the principality in the summer if they want to keep growing as a club.


But it clearly won't be plain sailing if he continues like this as a number of other clubs will be in for him.


The Ivory Coast ran out 2-1 winners after Guela Doue restored the lead for the Africa Cup winners with a cracking volley into the top corner after Federico Viñas' equaliser.


But whatever the beauty of the Rennes man's sumptuous goal, the accolades tonight will be all for Singo.


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