Mendy: We will see the best of Timo and Kai

‘I am happy for them. They showed their qualities on the pitch.

‘Next season, 100 per cent, we will see the best of Timo and Kai. Even this year, we have enjoyed their good levels of performance and they are important for us. A game like Saturday’s is really good for their confidence.’

Of course, Mendy played his own starring role in the win over Fulham, pulling off several top-class saves to keep our determined opponents out and secure his 16th clean sheet in 28 Premier League appearances.

However, he preferred to focus on what victory meant for the team, as we moved within two points of third-placed Leicester and gave ourselves a great chance of extending the gap between ourselves and those outside the top four.

‘It was an important game for us because it was a derby and the draw from Leicester against Southampton meant a win would be a good result for us. We know Fulham are a good team, a hard team, so we fought for this win and I was happy with my performance.’