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Jol: Ruiz needs help in attack

8 May 2013 19:21

Fulham boss Martin Jol believes he needs another creative playmaker to bring out the best in Bryan Ruiz.

Ruiz, 27, joined the Premier League outfit in a 10.6 million pound move from FC Twente in August 2011, but has scored just six goals in 60 appearances.

He bagged two of those in the 4-2 home defeat against Reading on Saturday and Jol has defended his signing's poor goal ratio, insisting that he had been played in midfield often and that he needed support in the attacking third.

"He is one of my better players," Jol said of Ruiz.

"He's always playing for the team and looking for runners to give that last pass. Maybe we need another passer.

"The thing is you miss him in midfield (if you play him as a striker) and if he's not up front, he's playing too deep. That is my dilemma."

Jol also defended criticism directed at Dimitar Berbatov, which has come on the back of Fulham's recent run of poor form.

The Craven Cottage outfit have lost their last four matches in a row and Jol said the detractors were only targeting the striker because the club were not in good form.

"It's always the same with Berba — if he plays well and we win then everybody's happy and if not they always point towards him. We've got to live with that," he said.

"But then the 13 goals he's scored this season have helped us big time."

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