Kacaniklic pledges future to Fulham

Clive Mason

Swedish winger, on loan at Burnley, has high hopes ahead of his return to Fulham

Alex Kacaniklic has targeted an extended first team run for Fulham when he returns from his loan spell at Burnley at the end of the season.

The 21 year-old has had an impressive season at Craven Cottage, making twelve starts and scoring three goals in the process. It's very much been a breakthrough year for the winger which has culminated in an international debut for Sweden.

Even so, with the addition of Urby Emanuelson to the Fulham squad, Kacaniklic has fallen down the pecking order somewhat and hasn't featured for the Whites since late January. This was, the youngster admits, a key factor in his decision to team up with Sean Dyche on a temporary basis again, this time in Lancashire.

"It's been a good season," the Swede told the Fulham Chronicle.

"I've made 12 starts in the Premier League and scored three goals. I've also made my debut for the national team and managed to get a couple of MoMs.

"But I feel I need to be playing to continue my progress, which is why I came here.

"The manager brought players in and I haven't featured since. I was on the bench for four or five games but didn't get any minutes.

"I'm not happy when I'm not playing and wanted to go out on loan."

It's justification enough and Martin Jol will certainly be hoping he can impress at Championship level for a second time in two seasons.

In 2012, Kacamiklic was loaned out to Watford where he impressed significantly. It was this form that teed him up perfectly for his shift into the big time this season and the player himself hopes a similar tale will unfold this time, even though he has already proven himself at Premier League level.

"It's also an opportunity to show the Fulham manager what I can do," he said.

"Hopefully I can get some goals and assists and help the team."

But, he insists, there is no plan to team up with Dyche at Burnley on a permanent basis.

"I am happy at Fulham. My target is to play every week and become one of their main players.

"But I've got a better chance of first-team football here at the moment. They have a lot of games still to play, so that's why I wanted to come to Burnley."

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