Jol hoping Ruiz will show his worth for Fulham

The Costa Rican winger showed glimpses of his quality in his first season in English football, and now his manager wants him to become a key player at Craven Cottage
Fulham manager Martin Jol is backing winger Bryan Ruiz to have a big impact on the club's 2012-13 Premier League campaign.

Ruiz moved to Craven Cottage from Twente last summer for £10 million and scored twice in 30 appearances before his season was cut short by a broken foot.

But after scoring in Fulham's 3-0 pre-season friendly win over Wycombe, Jol feels the Costa Rican can show why the Cottagers splashed out to bring him to the club and become a key player for the team.

"It was good to see Bryan Ruiz back to full fitness," Jol told reporters after the Wycombe game. "He showed some very good touches and I thought he was the best man on the pitch.

"He's a terrific player so hopefully he can show our fans now. He needed six months [to adapt to English football], and I thought over the last few months after that he was good.

"Then he had a horrific injury and was out for four or five months, so I was very happy to see him back."