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Kasami not there just yet: Jol


Fulham's Pajtim Kasami. Photo: Reuters/Eddie Keogh

Fulham's Pajtim Kasami. Photo: Reuters/Eddie Keogh

Fulham's Pajtim Kasami. Photo: Reuters/Eddie Keogh

MARTIN JOL reckons Pajtim Kasami can go on to become Fulham's own version of Andros Townsend, so long as he ignores the speculation linking him with a big-money move abroad and stays at Craven Cottage.

Kasami scored an early contender for goal of the season on Monday night with a sumptuous two-touch volley which sailed over Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni from 25 yards.

The Swiss has not enjoyed the easiest of rides since joining on a free transfer from Palermo in 2011.

The 21-year-old has started just nine Premier League games and last season he was so desperate for first-team football that he took a 50pc pay-cut to join Swiss side Lucerne on loan.

The midfielder is out of contract in 18 months and has been linked with a move to Juventus, but Jol says the best place for his development is Fulham.

"He's still not the best player in England, but I think in two or three years he could be a big player," the Fulham boss said.

"Then maybe Juventus can come here and pay a lot of money for him. That would be good for everyone!

"I told him to count his blessings and to be happy at that age playing Premier League football."

Tottenham took little time to tie Townsend down, but Kasami will have to wait longer for a new deal.

"There will be a situation in five or six months time that we have to talk and extend his contract. If he didn't score that goal it would've been a different story," Jol added.

Kasami is likely to retain his place in the starting XI for tomorrow's match at Southampton, but captain Brede Hangeland and midfielder Bryan Ruiz are unlikely to play.