When Fulham beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at White Hart Lane in mid March, they must have felt fairly confident about their chances of survival this season, especially when they followed that result up with three points against QPR.
However since then they have lost five out of six Premier League games, picking up just one point away at Aston Villa. With several sides in good form at the bottom, Fulham’s tally of 40 points is not looking a guarantee of survival, and the weekend’s home loss to Reading will have set plenty of alarm bells ringing at Craven Cottage.
One man who impressed even as they lost was Bryan Ruiz, who scored twice in the 4-2 loss. Those were only his fourth and fifth goals of the Premier League season, but the Costa Rican forward has largely impressed as part of Martin Jol’s fluid attack, and there might be a few sides considering a move for Ruiz this summer if there is a chance he might leave.
Tottenham Hotspur could be one such team, having reportedly been interested in Ruiz before he made the switch to Craven Cottage in 2011. Fulham fans will be wary of any interest from Spurs, having seen two of their best players in the shape of Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele move to White Hart Lane last summer.
Spurs will be looking to reinforce their attacking options this summer, and Ruiz could be a savvy addition to a side that might well line up with a 4-3-3 formation next season. Although he has not been prolific at Fulham, Ruiz is a well rounded attacking player who can link up play in the tight areas around the box. He is also adaptable enough to play several different roles in a front-line, something that will likely be required in a fluid set up at Spurs next season.
Whether there’s any chance of Fulham letting another key player move across London is debatable, but if they barely squeak into next year’s Premier League, or even perhaps slip into the drop zone, some players might be tempted by a move elsewhere, and Spurs could rekindle their interest in the Costa Rican forward.
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