21 | Winger | Fulham | Swedish
It’s been a well-constructed transition for young Alexander Kacaniklic, who appears to be relishing life at Fulham under the astute managerial guidance of Martin Jol.
Having joined Fulham in 2010 from Liverpool – who had snapped him up from Swedish side Helsinborg – Kacaniklic was gradually filtered through the youth teams into where he is now: the senior setup.
Indeed, in the midst of the elevation to the first team, he was shipped out on loan. Watford were allegedly the most interested and in the January transfer window off he went.
Kacaniklic enjoyed unrivalled success at Watford, producing some galvanizing displays in attack and in the process making a real impression on the club’s supporters. The loan move acted as a real springboard for Kacaniklic’s progression.
Subsequently, Fulham recalled him in March and just three days later, against Norwich, he made his debut coming on as a substitute. This was the beginning of something special for both club and player.
Infact, such was the positive impression made on coach Jol, in the summer he signed a two-year deal and has had plenty of opportunities this season, too.
Fulham’s lucid system, functioned by the offensive players, has suited Kacaniklic’s direct style well. Not only has he been able to make 12 appearances this season in all competitions – netting twice in the process – but he has also formed a dangerous partnership with Dimitar Berbatov.
The duo are relentless when both on song and a match for any defence. Berbatov is adept to spearheading the frontline, whilst Kacaniklic’s contributions alongside him are puissant.
Not that we should be massively surprised by the Swedish international’s exploits this season. Fulham’s scouting system and patience with the player has laboured the fruits.
It’s pertinent to point out that this fella is only 21, too, and a lambent future beckons. Imaginative, skilful, tentative and an accomplished finisher – Fulham fans should be buoyed for what the future holds for their prize asset, Alexander Kacaniklic.