Saturday Football Spotlight: Fulham’s Pajtim Kasami

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As Fulham prepare to face Southampton in today's late kick-off, Vincent Ralph turns the spotlight on Pajtim Kasami.

So much has already been written about Pajtim Kasami’s wonder-strike against Crystal Palace last week that another article about it seems redundant.

That is why I am not writing about the goal. I am writing about the man who scored it.

This is the 21-year-old’s third season at Craven Cottage, and yet it is only now that the wider footballing community are taking notice of a player Martin Jol believes can be among the very best.

The only problem is, with just 18 months left on his current deal, that strike has changed a few things.

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With rumours of circling big guns, the Macedonian may soon feel the urge – or at least the pressure – to leave Craven Cottage. But Jol believes it is the best place for him.

He needs to keep his feet on the ground,” his manager said. “He’s a very level-headed boy.”

One superstar-strike does not automatically make a superstar; it can just as easily announce a flash-in-the-pan. And starting in today’s late kick-off against Southampton, the player must show he can do both the great and the good, and that he can do it regularly.

If he does so, perhaps Fulham will be unable to keep hold of him, or perhaps he will see they are the club that allowed him to blossom, and reward them with a long-term commitment of his own.

In a sense Kasami has made a rod for his own back, in that sublime strikes will now be expected of him on at least a semi-regular basis. But in truth the far more important job is to help the Cottagers up the table.

A goal against an all-but-impenetrable Southampton defence this evening will be another step in the right direction.

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