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Jokanovic to use cup tie to test youngsters and new arrivals

last updated Tuesday 22nd August 2017, 1:42 PM

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Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham Coach
Slavisa Jokanovic
Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic will use Tuesday night’s cup tie as an opportunity for some of Fulham’s youngsters and new arrivals to impress.

The Whites Head Coach made 11 changes for the First Round victory at Wycombe Wanderers, and he is going to switch things up again when Bristol Rovers visit Craven Cottage.

“For football players it’s always important to play games, and this is another chance,” he said. “There are a few new players in our squad, who in the future I believe will be very important players for us.

“For some players, they’ve only had two training sessions, like Rui Fonte. And [Aboubakar] Kamara, he’s been with us for three weeks. We are not in pre-season but they need to be available to learn fast and be available to support and to help the team.

“We need them. I can understand they need a little bit more time to adapt. These games that are in front of us are important for these people to understand well what we expect from our players who play in different positions.

“We want to keep going in this competition. It’s normal at the start of the season that in 21 days we must play seven games. I am going to make changes and I am going to use some young players.

“I am going to try and test some new players more. The target is to be competitive, the target is to win the game, and we must be focused to be successful.

“It’s a chance to build our confidence and to be ready for everything that comes after this game.”

Tom Cairney has been carrying a knock since the summer, but Jokanovic is optimistic he’ll have his Captain back firing on all cylinders before long.

“Tom Cairney is our most important player,” he stated. “We created a kind of style around him.

“This start of the Championship, and pre-season too, there have been many problems with him. He has some problems with his knee, he missed a lot of training, many games too.

“Actually right now he is not working with us, he is not in the squad, but we are going to push to get him ready for the Ipswich game.

“After this game we are going to have two weeks and we are going to try and work with him and recover his power and find a better level that we know he can offer us.

“This moment is not the best moment for him, but we believe he is soon going to be at his highest level.”

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