Fulham loan helping Kakuta

BY foxsports • April 20, 2011

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."

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