Premier League flop Bryan Ruiz eyes Fulham return

Bryan Ruiz says that he could make a return to Fulham at the end of the season when his loan spell at PSV Eindhoven runs out.


Bryan Ruiz arrived in London in August 2011 with a big reputation. The Costa Rican had established his name during his two years with FC Twente, helping them win the Eredivisie in 2010 and finish runner-up a year later.

However, the 28-year-old attacker never really settled in the Premier League. A foot injury hampered his progress at Craven Cottage in 2011-12, although the next campaign he did find more playing time, picking up five goals and seven assists in 29 Premier League appearances.

As the current season began to unfold, Ruiz started to slip down the pecking order and was eventually allowed to return to the Netherlands in January, having scored just one goal in the Premier League in 2013-14.

Ruiz failed to convince then Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen to keep him in his plans for the second half of the campaign and left the club seeking regular first-team action to boost his World Cup ambitions.

"Martin Jol, the manager who signed me, was sacked and I asked his successor, Rene Meulensteen, if he still needed me,” he told Het Nieuwsblad.

"I was thinking about the World Cup. I had to play, but Meulensteen made me feel as though I wasn't part of his plans.

"I thought I could still help the team, but he had other thoughts - although I still rate him as a manager.

"Was Fulham the wrong choice? No. My first year was difficult but I played well in my second season. This season the whole team was struggling."

Ruiz has since rediscovered his form in the Dutch top flight, scoring four goals and providing two assists in 10 league appearances for PSV so far during his loan spell.

On the other hand, Fulham have continued to struggle in the Premier League, replacing Meulensteen with Felix Magath but with little success, as the Cottagers remain at the foot of the table.

Ruiz’s impressive form for the Dutch giants has helped them close on the gap on leaders Ajax to six points in the Eredivisie table and has flared up suggestions that his move to Phillip Cocu’s side may be made permanent in the summer.

However, the former Gent player insists that he could make a comeback to the Premier League and prove that he is suitable in play in England.

"I still think I am a player built for the Premier League,” he said. “I can't say that Fulham didn't play the football I prefer, but I can't say the opposite either.

“But if you are fighting against relegation, sometimes you forget to play football. Then you get typical English football, which suits me less.

"It was the right decision to join PSV. It is going well and after the World Cup I will weigh up my options.

"I don't exclude a return to Fulham, as they can still save themselves. London is a fantastic city."

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