'You're not Maradona!': Fulham boss Jol keeping Kasami grounded after wonder goal

By Laurie Whitwell

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Martin Jol is keeping Pajtim Kasami’s feet on the ground after his rocket goal against Crystal Palace his by telling him: ‘You’re not Diego Maradona.’

The Fulham manager revealed his Swiss forward used to be such a perfectionist he would feel sick when he made a mistake but has since realised his abilities will take time to hone.

Jol also lauded the 21-year-old’s loan spell at FC Luzern at the end of last season, which only came after the he took a 50 per cent wage cut.

VIDEO: Watch Martin Jol speak after Fulham's impressive 4-1 win over Crystal Palace

Pajtim Kasami

Goal of the season? Pajtim Kasami celebrates after his wonder strike against Crystal Palace

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Jol said: ‘That was incredible because he wanted to play. Luzern had a very good, itchy player when he went over there. That was the first time in my career that I experienced that.

‘We paid 50 per cent and the other club were supposed to pay the other half, but they didn’t, so he paid the other 50.’

Jol added: ‘I always tell him: “You’re not Maradona”. He’s a perfectionist so he’s always very disappointed in himself. That was the first thing we had to work on.

‘I taught him not to fight for perfectionism and he did that. He’s not sickened when he makes a mistake, he will go on and play.

Martin Jol

Impressed: Martin Jol has praised Kasami for taking a 50% paycut to go out on loan with Luzern

Diego Maradona

Different league: Kasami still has a way to go before he's considered anywhere near Diego Maradona

‘He needs to keep his feet on the ground. He’s a very level-headed boy.’

Kasami, who spent a season at Palermo in Serie A before moving to Craven Cottage in 2011, has been linked with Juventus in recent weeks but Jol scoffed: ‘He’s still not the best player in England, but I think in two or three years he could be a big player.

‘Then maybe Juventus can come here and pay a lot of money for him. That would be good for everyone!’

 

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