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Fulham manager Martin Jol says he’s happy for young striker Marcello Trotta to extend his loan spell with Wycombe until the end of the season.

The Italian forward has had a dramatic impact on the Chairboys’ fortunes since joining the League One side on loan in November, scoring six goals as Gary Waddock’s side look to pull away from the relegation zone. The 19 year-old’s stint at Adams Park was due to end on January 14 but, speaking during today’s pre-match press conference at Motspur Park, Jol indicated he would be happy for Trotta to stay with Wycombe.

It’s important for him to play games. Wycombe and the manager wanted him badly. That was good because we’ve got other players out on loan who, if they’re not playing, I’d rather they stay here.

He will stay there as long as we’re fine with our strikers. There’s a recall clause, so if I need him he will come back.

He’s a goalscorer – in the box he’s lethal. If you look at that league there’s other players who have scored loads of goals, like [Jordan] Rhodes at Huddersfield. But I feel Trotta – if he had been there from the start of the season – would’ve scored loads of goals.

Rhodes certainly came out on top in the battle of the sharpshooters at Adams Park tonight. The highly-rated 21 year-old scored five as Lee Clark’s side romped to a 6-0 win, with Trotta taken off after 69 minutes.