MARTIN Jol has hailed the impact of Fulham youngster Alex Kacaniklic.
The 21-year-old, who recently signed a new deal at the club, has been a Fulham regular this season after bursting onto the scene last year, scoring in the opening-day demolition of Norwich City.
Kacaniklic bagged his first international goal in the win over the Faroe Islands and earned rave reviews for his cameo as Sweden fought back from 4-0 down to draw with Germany on Tuesday.
The former Liverpool forward's exploits have reportedly caught the attention of a number of Serie A clubs.
Kacaniklic's agent, Miro Jaganjac, insists the youngster is settled at Craven Cottage, and boss Jol is happy how he has seized his chance in SW6.
He said: “I feel it is the same for all these youngsters, they need a chance.
“They are talents and of course you can be a talent when you’re 25 if you don’t get a chance, but I gave him this chance and I gave Kerim Frei the chance.
“We’ve got Kieran Richardson in that position and he created three chances and two goals for us when he came on against Southampton.
“There is good rivalry between them so we will have to wait to see who is playing tomorrow.
“Even if ‘Kaca’ is not in the team, he is doing well. I will help him to be a very good player but I know there is some interest in ‘Kaca’ - it is not very serious otherwise I would tell you.”
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