Martin Jol has defended Bryan Ruiz from the Fulham boo boys and has hinted he needs to take the creative pressure off him.
Jol has pinpointed the need to add a playmaker to his squad to make life easier for the Costa Rican – who has had the home fans on his back at times this season.
Ruiz has scored only five goals this season, after notching just two the previous campaign following his big-money move from FC Twente.
But rather than looking to replace the talented Ruiz, Jol admits he needs to bolster the ranks to take some of the pressure off him.
“He is one of my better players. He’s always playing for the team and looking for runners to give that last pass,” Jol told The Sun.
“Maybe we need another passer.”
Despite Ruiz’s adaptability, the Dutch boss says he prefers using Ruiz’s creative abilities behind the striker, insisting he plays a role that nobody else at the club can.
“The thing is you miss him in midfield and if he’s not up front, he’s playing too deep,” he added. “That is my dilemma.”
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