As one of the Club’s primary transfer targets in the summer of 2011, Bryan Ruiz’s arrival was greeted with much excitement – for the Costa Rican forward was widely recognised as one of the leading talents outside of the continent’s top bracket leagues.
Ambitious and steadfast in his desire to improve, Ruiz, whose move to a top European league had long been mooted, is a player that has forged a reputation as a game-changing talent.
One that can play down either flank or through the middle too, he scored for fun at former club FC Twente whom he helped to the Dutch league title in 2010. In Holland, Ruiz became something of an icon thanks to his trickery and penchant for a spectacular strike – his goals against Bolton Wanderers and Everton in 2011/12 suggest Fulham fans could become accustomed to something similar.
It is fair to say that the Costa Rica captain expected to make more of an impact in his debut season, but there is no doubt that he has all the attributes to be a big success at Craven Cottage. The 2012/13 season saw improvements to his all-round game as he became more difficult to shrug off the ball, while he also contributed defensively with his fair share of tackles.
With five goals to his name in the previous campaign, the flamboyant playmaker has made finding the back of the net on a regular basis a priority in the 2013/14 season.
|Substitutions (On / Off)||5 / 4|
|Minutes per goal||867.0|
|» Left Foot||1|
|» Outside Box||1|
|Shooting Accuracy (On Target / Off Target)||3 / 6|
|Goals to shots ratio||0.1|
|Dribbles (Successful / Unsuccessful)||16 / 6|
|Corners (Successful / Unsuccessful)||8 / 19|
|Crosses (Successful / Unsuccessful)||4 / 15|
|» Short (Successful / Unsuccessful)||319 / 75|
|» Long (Successful / Unsuccessful)||28 / 9|
|» Own Half (Successful / Unsuccessful)||140 / 14|
|» Oppositions Half (Successful / Unsuccessful)||219 / 104|
|Throw-ins (Successful / Unsuccessful)||2 / 0|
|» Inside Box / Outside Box||14 / 2|
|Tackles (Won / Lost)||11 / 1|
|Duels (Won / Lost)||62 / 88|
|» Ground Duels (Won / Lost)||46 / 58|
|» Aerial Duels (Won / Lost)||16 / 30|
|Fouls (Committed / Suffered)||2 / 19|