Cottagers boss wants more striking ammunition

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Fulham manager Martin Jol is urging the club to delve further into the transfer market if they are to compete in the higher echelons of the Barclays Premier League.

The Dutch manager has already brought in Pajtim Kasami, Marcel Gecov and John Arne Riise this summer, but has had to endure the departures of the likes of Jonathan Greening, Diomansy Kamara and Zoltan Gera.

And as a result, the former Tottenham and Ajax boss is craving some more investment at Craven Cottage. “I am happy with the business we've done so far but, as you know, we've lost six or seven players," he said.

"We need a couple of players to get a very good young squad. Up front, for example, we have Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson, then very young players in Lauri Dalla Valle and Marcello Trotta.

"We played them in the friendly matches against Wimbledon and Stevenage and they're not ready yet to fill into that role as a back-up for Johnson and Zamora. They are talented but of course we need players."

After Riise made his debut against Crusaders in last week's Europa League tie, Jol is hoping both Kasami and Gecov can make their debuts against RNK Split this evening.


“I think things are going well, we’ve settled in well. At this Club there’s a good bunch of players, experienced players so the only thing we add now is a couple of youngsters to lower the average age of the group," he added.

On Kasami, Jol said: “He’s a great talent. There were a few other big clubs after him but it was nice to snatch him from other clubs.

“He’s 19 years old but on the other hand he played over 20 matches for the first team at Palermo and he was probably one of the youngest players playing there. So I think he can play in our team and play a big part this season.”

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