Fulham monitoring progress of striker Marcello Trotta on loan at Brentford
Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen says remaining out on loan is the best option for striker Marcello Trotta.
Last Updated: 14/01/14 4:05pm
The Italian striker has made just three substitute appearances for the Cottagers, but has enjoyed better fortunes in a series of loan spells with Wycombe, Watford and Brentford.
A stint with Wycombe two years ago yielded eight goals in as many games, and while time with Watford saw him play just once, his impact at Griffin Park last term led to another deal with the Bees this season.
Eight goals, including four in his last five outings, have helped Brentford to the top of League One and Meuelensteen is showing a keen interest in Trotta's progress.
"Loans are a bit of a gamble, but for Trotta it's worked," said the Dutch coach. "He's playing football and scoring goals and, similar to Dan Burn, we have to keep him progressing.
"They're playing competitive games week in, week out, and you can't copy that on the training pitch.
"They're all potentially very good players. We're looking for the best pathway for them, and at the moment it's loans."