Premier League side Fulham have signed 19-year-old Gael Kakuta on loan from London rivals Chelsea until the end of the season.
The France Under-20 international, who is of Congolese descent, becomes Fulham’s second signing of the January transfer window after Steve Sidwell joined on a permanent move from Aston Villa.
Kakuta will now come under the stewardship of Fulham boss Mark Hughes and, after a frustrating couple of seasons with Chelsea, making only six appearances since 2009, the left winger will be looking to finally make his mark on the English Premier League.
Kakuta’s career in England got off to a controversial start two years ago after the Lens youth product was accused of breaking his contract with Lens in order to join Chelsea.
Chelsea and Kakuta were both given transfer bans which were then controversially overturned with Chelsea arguing that Kakuta did not have a valid contract with the French side.
Kakuta is yet to score in his professional career but, in December 2009, he became Chelsea’s youngest ever player to play for Chelsea in the Champions League, playing seventy-three minutes against Greek side APOEL FC. Didier Drogba is thought to have taken the young forward under his wing as the two players had quite similar upbringings.
Kakuta has scored fifteen goals in forty-five appearances for the various France youth teams, having played at every level from Under-16 up to Under-20.
Speaking about the transfer, Fulham’s official website stated that the club were “delighted” in being able to confirm the loan deal. It has also been confirmed that Kakuta will wear the number 24 for the Cottagers this season. Fulham are currently fifteenth in the table and will be hoping that both Kakuta and Sidwell will help turn their season around.
While the young attacking player is yet to make his full debut for his national side it is thought that, with regular first-team football seemingly available at Craven Cottage, Kakuta may be about to show why he is rated one of the most exciting players currently in European football.
This article originally appeared on sports website Sports Haze but is now unavailable due to the site closing down.
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