Fulham Loan Watch - March 2nd

Marcello Trotta has scored 10 league goals while on loan at Brentford this season. - Ben Hoskins

Although the Premier League is the priority, let's take a quick look at how the loaned out first team players fared this week.

Bryan Ruiz (PSV Eindhoven): Go figure. Bryan Ruiz has found his form since going on loan to Dutch side PSV. This weekend, Ruiz scored the match-winning goal in the 90th minute to cap off a thrilling comeback where PSV faced a 2-0 deficit at the break to Go Ahead Eagles. Ruiz has started and scored in the last three Eredivisie matches for the Red and Whites, and has seemingly solidified himself as a member of the starting XI.

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Wigan Athletic): In what some viewed as a puzzling move by new manager Felix Magath, Tunnicliffe saw his first minutes in a Wigan kit as the Latics easily disposed of Nottingham Forest in a match that carried sizeable promotion implications. Only entering the pitch for the final twelve minutes, it will be interesting to see what the newly acquired Fulham man can do while on loan, as he very well could be an important member to the club in the future.

Larnell Cole (MK Dons): Cole, who also came over from Manchester United with Tunnicliffe and was loaned out this past week, saw himself get the start in midfield for his new club as the Dons fell to red hot Sheffield United, who has won six matches in as many games since booting Fulham from the FA Cup fourth round. Cole was subbed off in the 53rd minute to make way for Samni Odelusi.

Marcello Trotta (Brentford): Trotta, who may be the most intriguing player on loan this year for the Whites, finished his whirlwind of a week with a 72 minute shift in League One action against Carlise United, which ended in a 0-0 draw. Trotta, who was called up to the Italian U-21's this past week, saw a chance off a second half cross go wide in his only attempt in the match. The more important news for Trotta this week was that call up, where he scored in a practice match, a 3-0 victory, for the young Italians. He now looks forward to a Wednesday, March 5th U-21 Euro Qualifier against Northern Ireland.

Neil Etheridge (Crewe Alexandra): Not much to report on here, as Etheridge was not in the eighteen for Crewe's clash with Swindon in League One. He reportedly picked up a thigh injury in last Tuesday's match versus Stevenage, where he fought through and played all 90 minutes. His second loan stint with the Railway Men this season, the young Filipino looks to regain his starting position between the sticks that he held before being recalled by Fulham in November.

Until next time, COYW!

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