Fulham boss Chris Coleman insists there is no rift with Collins John and has tipped the striker to play an important role for the remainder of the season.

John, 21, made his first appearance since New Year’s Day in Sunday’s FA Cup defeat to Tottenham after being linked with a January transfer window move.

Watford spoke to the Dutch striker but no deal was agreed and he then returned home briefly to Holland for personal reasons, but Coleman is confident the youngster is committed to the club.

“Any player who wants to play for Fulham and work hard has a big part to play, regardless of what has happened,” said Coleman.

“I’ve told Collins, that is what he wants to do so I haven’t got a problem.”

John came on for the last 28 minutes against Spurs at Craven Cottage and almost dragged Fulham back into the fifth-round tie.

Although his effort cleared the crossbar, Coleman saw commitment from his striker.

“He came on and had a great chance, perhaps he caught it too well, nevertheless he tried when he got on,” the Welshman added.

“I haven’t got a problem with anyone who wants to play for Fulham and wants to do the best for the club, even if there is a personal problem, although I don’t think there is. That’s all I’m interested in.

“I didn’t see any signs of Collins coming on and sulking, he came on and tried, and that’s all you can ask for.”