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Rosler wants Trotta to follow Logan's Bees lead
Brentford boss Uwe Rosler is hoping the opportunity to play regular first team football can persuade neighbours Fulham to extend striker Marcello Trotta’s loan deal beyond next week, writes James Hepworth.
The 20-year-old has been an influential figure since switching to Griffin Park and made his mark over the festive period with a goal and an assist in the 3-1 win at Colchester United.
He could not find the net in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with AFC Bournemouth although he came closest to breaking the deadlock when denied by a full-stretched reflex save from former England goalkeeper David James.
Shaleum Logan ended speculation over his future by putting pen to paper on a new 18-month contract on Thursday.
And Rosler, who saw striker Harry Forrester commit himself to the club until the end of the campaign over Christmas, would like Trotta – whose current loan expires on January 13 – to follow suit in the January transfer window.
“Even when he is not at his physical best, Marcello is capable of creating chances out of nothing and today he had one or two shots,” he said on New Year’s Day.
“He doesn’t need a lot of service from other players because he can make things happen as long as we get him in the right areas.
“I’m very pleased with his all round game, his attitude and he is mixing in well with our squad. He is enjoying things very much and for his
personal development it is important to play every three or four days in a game that really matters.
“Every game until the end of the season matters for us and for all our loanees it is a fantastic place to be for their personal development.”
Brentford travel to Southend in the FA Cup on Saturday before Oldham Athletic, Leyton Orient and league leaders Tranmere Rovers loom large on the horizon.
And while the festive fixtures have stretched resources, Rosler praised his side’s resilience.
“The Christmas programme took a toll out of both sides. The players showed fantastic attitude,” he said on Tuesday.
“Last year we would have lost that game. Today, even when we are not physically at our best, we made sure that we didn’t lose the game against a very good side.”