Fulham boss Jol convinced Ruiz will light up Premier League

Fulham boss Martin Jol is convinced of great things from Costa Rican Bryan Ruiz.

Fulham boss Martin Jol is convinced of great things from Costa Rican Bryan Ruiz.

Jol said Ruiz has struggled since his £10.6million move from FC Twente on deadline day owing to a knee injury but compared the 26-year-old’s talent to Chelsea star Juan Mata, who has impressed since moving from Valencia last summer.

The Dutchman said: "Ruiz was a star in Holland and you saw against Everton, Arsenal and Bolton that he is somebody who can make the difference.

"I feel his best position is probably infield in a 4-3-3 like Juan Mata. Its one thing we have to think about in the future. He can play with a flank player, on the right himself or even as a second striker.

"When he came over he had an injury. I couldn't expect him to do the business from the start. Of course you want that, but it was impossible.

"Then after three weeks he had an injury again – the same one, the knee. But he will say: 'I'm fit now'.

"Ruiz will be an important player for us. If you talk about the season after next season it would be a bit late. Hopefully he can show his productivity in the next couple of months."

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