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Fulham manager Martin Jol insists young winger Alex Kacaniklic still has a big future at the club despite allowing him to join Burnley on loan for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old Swede made 22 appearances and scored four goals for the Whites before departing for the Championship side on 1 March.

And Jol said: “Kacaniklic did ever so well – I’m very pleased with him and he will probably be first choice in that position in the future

“But I have Damien Duff playing there and he has been a bit more productive. He has better stats in that position with more goals and more assists.

“Kacaniklic was good but you need assists from that position. But he’s young.”

Jol also allowed defender Matthew Briggs to join Watford on a month’s loan after he too was unable to establish himself as a first-team regular at Craven Cottage.

“I’m not disappointed with these youngsters. It is an opportunity for them to help other managers,” Jol added.