Fulham coach Jol keen on keeping Ghana midfielder Frimpong

Fulham boss Martin Jol would jump at the chance to sign Ghana international midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong on loan again next season.

Emmanuel Frimpong

Fulham boss Martin Jol would jump at the chance to sign Ghana international midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong on loan again next season. 

Frimpong has made only one appearance for the Cottagers since he arrived on a six-month loan from Arsenal, but it appears the combative midfielder has made quite an impression on Jol.

The 21-year-old, who looks set to start at Sunderland on Saturday, is due to return to the Emirates Stadium this summer, but Jol would like to keep the Ghanaian for longer.

“He is on loan at the moment and it would be quite expensive to take him (permanently), but if there was an opportunity to take him on loan again, I would probably do that,” the Fulham manager said.

“It is quite a nice position to be in, to get a loan player you don’t have to pay a transfer fee. It is a good way of doing things.”

Frimpong joined Arsenal at nine-years-old and impressed during his progression through the youth ranks, helping the Gunners to FA Youth Cup glory in 2009. He made his debut for the north London club in August 2011, but two serious knee injuries, plus a lack of discipline on and off the pitch, have hampered his progress.

The Ghanaian was sent off during his first full appearance for Arsenal and was involved in a tunnel bust-up with Samir Nasri when the Gunners played Manchester City last season, but Jol has no problem with the midfielder’s attitude.

“We spoke about (discipline),” Jol said. “In my day you could tackle, but now you have to stay on your feet.

“I was impressed with him from the start. Two years ago I saw him and he is the type of player you would like as a manager because he is versatile and he has got this mentality.

“But he can play as well, he is an Arsenal player. He is one of the few players who has been at Arsenal since a young age.

“I think Sunderland away would suit him. His fitness is getting better and better. He did well when he played for us against Norwich. He is fully fit now so I can play him from the start if I want to.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. frimpong is nice player.but would akwesi appiah invite him against sudan.well we wait to see.

  2. afrikaba1 says:

    They want to spoil his career bcos he went against Wenger’s orders. Welbeck was probably scared of Alex Ferguson but I believe Frimpong is not that type.

  3. D LIGHT says:

    A very gøød player with excellent passion for the game. Temperamental & Voiceferous. He is the type who is not afraid to speak his mind and opine on issues which he deems unright. He’s beta dan most of our combative midfielders currently- can destroy attack & initiate with craft passes- which is missing in the BS since the absence of Essien.
    He may b invited but the Qstn is how long wld he stay? Raised in the Western world, speaking of mind is encouraged…
    But it’s a TABOO here! He’ll become a victim when he speaks out. MARTIN JOL may not hav any problem with him b’cos he is a good manager n understands the culture… BUT Akwesi Appiah n His Fa wld call him Indiscipline when he trumpets. They’ll Axe him not b’cos of Footballing reasons but on Emotions & Sentiments. Players who buy em gifts n percentise their bonuses to them are their best even when average on the pitch. Its either u b’cam their puppet or play the dumb to b a regular. Anything short of this wld b termed as Indiscipline!
    The Proffesionalism u knw in Europe is not what we practice here… In gh it’s called Mafiasionalism. WELCOME TO OUR WORLD!