Fulham boss Martin Jol has revealed how striker Pajtim Kasami took a 50 per cent pay cut before becoming a Premier League star with his wonder goal against Crystal Palace last Monday.
The 21-year-old Swiss star had a spell on loan at FC Luzern at the end of last season and Jol said: ‘We paid 50 per cent of the wages and the other club were supposed to pay the other half, but they didn’t, so he paid the other 50.
‘That was incredible because he wanted to play. Luzern had a very good, itchy player when he went over there. That was the first time in my career that I experienced that.‘
The Fulham manager also revealed that Kasami was such a perfectionist he would feel sick when he made a mistake but has realised his abilities will take time to hone.
Jol added: ‘I always tell him: “You’re not Maradona”. He’s a perfectionist so he’s always very disappointed in himself. That was the first thing we had to work on.
‘I taught him not to fight for perfectionism and he did that. He’s not sickened when he makes a mistake, he will go on and play.
‘He needs to keep his feet on the ground. He’s a very level-headed boy.’
Kasami, who spent a season at Palermo in Serie A before moving to Craven Cottage in 2011, has been linked with Juventus in recent weeks but Jol scoffed: ‘He’s still not the best player in England, but I think in two or three years he could be a big player.
‘Then maybe Juventus can come here and pay a lot of money for him. That would be good for everyone!’