Mar 2 2012 By Yann Tear
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MARTIN JOL has admitted that Fulham could end up regretting the short-term nature of their deal with Pavel Pogrebnyak if the Russian keeps banging in the goals.
Pogrebynak scored on his debut against Stoke and bagged the winner at QPR to give Fulham their first back to back league wins of the campaign.
It makes it more likely that Fulham will extend his stay beyond the summer, but could also leave them vulnerable to a gazumping if other clubs come sniffing.
“You can't have everything,” Jol said. “Sometimes, you have to accept a loan deal of three of four months and that is what we were after. Of course we knew him, but he scored one goal in 18 over there this season [in Germany], so it was probably the best situation for both of us – and he didn't want an option, so for him it was good.
“I think he was brave and we were brave. You need a bit of luck. It's a decent compromise, but not if he keeps on scoring because it could be a problem!”
Jol added: “He was quite happy to sign a loan deal, that was the main thing. I feel that he took a risk, and as a club you also take a risk, but after one session, we saw that he was a good player for us.
"But you can't sign a player on a loan deal and then sit down with him after one week – it's a bit strange, as if I didn't know him. I've had good information on him from his former coaches, so hopefully he will stay here longer.
“You always need players who can make a difference and if a striker's doing that for you, you can win games. We rely a bit on Clint Dempsey for the important goals, but it's always good to know that somebody who comes in as a new player can score goals.”