Ruiz ready to find Fulham form
Bryan Ruiz says Fulham fans are yet to see the best of him but, following the departures of Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele this summer, he is eager to find his best form.
Since his arrival from Dutch side Twente in 2011, Ruiz has struggled to find the goalscoring form which tempted Martin Jol to pay a fee in the region of £10 million for his services. Two goals in his opening season in English football was a disappointing return.
Now the Costa Rican striker feels ready to shoulder the responsibility of spearheading Fulham's attack alongside Dimitar Berbatov and is confident he can help the team move forward into a new era.
"I don't think Fulham fans have seen the best of me yet," he told the club's official magazine. "Last season I found it hard at times, and there were a couple of injuries too that didn't help. Of course, it could have gone better, but I did a few things to show people what I have, and for sure, this season I'll do my best for the fans.
"Mousa and Clint have both left. They were two players that could do many things on the football pitch. But now we don't have them, and as a result, I do feel a bit more responsibility on my shoulders.
"But I've had pressure before when I was at Twente and it's the same for the national team - so I don't mind that kind of pressure. I know that I can make a difference.
"I really want to do well for Fulham. My first season was a bit hit and miss, but sometimes it takes a while for a new signing to find their feet. I showed what I could do at times and now I am used to the physical demands of the Premier League, I want to repay Fulham for bringing me to England.
"The fans have been very supportive as well. They appreciate good football at Fulham, which is how I like to play and hopefully we will see a lot of that over the rest of the season."