FULHAM’S latest German import believes he has it in him to emulate Moritz Volz and become a cult figure at Craven Cottage.
Volz became a crowd favourite during his five seasons at the club, earning the affection of supporters for his eccentric website pronouncements and fondness for bicycles.
Sascha Riether, primarily a right-back like Volz and who played with him when they were youths, hopes to make a similar impression.
"I heard that the Fulham fans liked him very much and I’d like to make an impact like that – why not?" Riether told the Gazette.
"Of course, Moritz is a different person, but I will try my best to do well.
"I played with him in the junior national teams when he was the captain of the team and he’s a good guy. We had always a good connection.
"We talked a lot of times about his time in England and he only had positive things to say, so I’m very excited about what happens to me this year. Perhaps we will talk again in the next few weeks and he can give me a few more tips."
Riether is making a relatively late change in his career path, aged 29, having only played in Germany until now. He is eager to make amends for last season, when he was part of a relegated Cologne side.
He said: "I said a lot of times when I was in Germany, the Premier League is the best league in the world and for me, it’s a great honour to play there – and for such a good club, with such good players.
"For now, it’s only one year, but I’ll try my best and hopefully we’ll have good results and after that, we’ll see what happens."
He added: "I know that I have good abilities on the pitch – I’ve played in the Champions League and in internationals, and I think I have the experience to move on from that disappointment."