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Urby Emanuelson Loaned to Fulham from AC Milan for Remainder of Season

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 15:  Urby Emanuelson (L) of AC Milan and Cristian Raimondi of Atalanta BC compete for the ball during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Atalanta BC at San Siro Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured Columnist IVNovember 19, 2016

Martin Jol has been reunited with left-back Urby Emanuelson. The team announced the Dutchman will be loaned from AC Milan for the remainder of the season.

From FulhamFC.com:

Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce the loan signing of Urby Emanuelson until the end of the 2012/13 season.

The 26-year-old Dutch international joins on loan from AC Milan and can play on the left side of the pitch at either full-back or midfield.

Jol and Emanuelson were last together at Ajax in the 2009-10 season, so Jol is familiar with the player's strengths and weaknesses. The Dutchman can play at left-back, left wing or even as a deep-lying midfielder, so he'll offer Fulham plenty of versatility.

Fulham will likely offer him more playing time than he was getting at the San SiroEmanuelson has made 22 total appearances for AC Milan, but had just eight starts for the team in Serie A play. He's been used just once in Milan's last six matches.

Fulham has focused on bolstering the squad via loan in January, also adding Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong on loan for the rest of the season. It is rumored the team's next target is Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone (via The Guardian).

Fulham are currently eight points clear of the relegation zone—a bit too close for comfort—and the team has done well to sign affordable but smart additions in January. These might not be the sort of sexy moves fans crave, but they are smart transactions and potential bargains down the stretch.

 

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