Boa urged to keep on tackling
By Lewis Rutledge. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Fulham captain Luis Boa Morte has been urged to overlook his disciplinary problems and carry on tackling.
The 28-year-old has been booked seven times this season and red carded once, against Saturday's opponents West Brom in the corresponding fixture back in December.
His fiery temper surfaced once again in the 4-2 defeat to Manchester United last week, and Fulham's assistant manager Steve Kean has admitted that the side had to change their tactics to stop their skipper from being sent off again.
However, Kean has insisted that the Portuguese star's biggest asset is his controlled aggression, and he does not want to see him change his approach.
"With Boa, his natural enthusiasm makes him go for balls 100 percent to win," Kean explained.
"He is not a guy you would ever see going over the top, but what we had to do at Manchester United once he was booked was to move him out of central midfield to a wide position to keep him out of the way.
"But we don't want to take anything from his game. He is a very good captain who leads by example.
"He is not a fantastic shouter in terms of ordering people about, but he wants to get the ball back quickly for the team and create something in the final third, so sometimes he gets himself a little bit excited.
"We often lose him through suspension but when you look at his tackles they are not nasty.
Meanwhile, Fulham are confident that midfielder Papa Bouba Diop will soon put pen to paper on a new contract.
"He is contracted until 2008 and we are very hopeful we can secure his services for longer," said Kean.