Fulham loan helping Kakuta

The youngster linked up with the Cottagers in January, having been

given the green light by parent club Chelsea to go and find regular

first-team football. Kakuta has been in and around the senior fold

at Stamford Bridge for some time, but the Blues are unable to offer

him the opportunities he needs at this stage of his career. Fulham

were more than happy to offer a helping hand and the 19-year-old

has improved with each passing appearance for Mark Hughes’ men.

France U-20 coach Francis Smerercki is delighted to see the tricky

winger doing so well, with the U-20 World Cup set to take place in

Colombia this summer. Kakuta will have a key role to play for Les

Bleus at that tournament and is expected to head to South America

in high spirits following a productive spell at Craven Cottage.

“During our two friendly matches in Peru in March, I talked to Gael

and he was fine,” Smerercki told L’Equipe. “He feels at ease at

Fulham now after initially being wary of going there. He was

settled at Chelsea and didn’t want things to change. “He has done

well at Fulham, though, and they have started to win. “Gael has

been ill, but it is good to see him playing more again now for

Fulham. “Being at Fulham has allowed him to understand the game

better. It has opened his eyes to the job he has to do. “He

believes he has improved on a physical level, and I think that is

true. “He might not be back to his best technically, but he is on

the right track and I have faith in him.”