Martin Jol has hinted that he will try and retain the services of Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong for another season should Arsene Wenger agree to extend the midfielder’s loan at Craven Cottage.

The 21 year-old midfielder has made just single appearance for Fulham to date since completing his loan move from the Gunners in January, but Jol and his coaching staff have been impressed by Frimpong’s application. The Ghanaian was drafted in as additional cover for an understaffed midfield area, especially due to Mahamadou Diarra’s extended absence with a knee problem, and his combative hour on debut in the goalless draw at Norwich three weeks ago was a more than creditable start to his Fulham career.

If there was an opportunity to take him on loan, I would probably do that. It is quite a nice position to be in, to get a loan player you do not have to pay a transfer fee. It is a good way of doing things because it would be quite expensive to take him [permanently].

I was impressed with him from the start. He is the type of player you would like as a manger because he is versatile and he can play as well because he is an Arsenal player. He did well for us at Carrow Road and he is getting better and better. I can play him from the start if I want to.