Rutzler was discussing an interview he had done with the on-loan Jerome Opoku recently to speak about the youngster’s time away from Craven Cottage at Plymouth Argyle.
The central defender has spent the season at the League One side, where he has made 27 appearances for the Pilgrims in the league, netting on one occasion (via Transfermarkt).
Previous to this season’s loan, Opoku spent the 2019/20 campaign out on loan at Accrington Stanley where he racked up 21 league appearances in his first season away from his parent club.
Speaking about the 22-year-old, Rutzler had this to say about his time out on loan.
He said: “He came across as a really impressive guy.
“He’s very headstrong, he knows what he wants to do and he sees those different pathways you know, the comparison between, say, Ryan Sessegnon going straight in, but also someone like Marek Rodak or Marcus Bettinelli, who’s been on a few loans and then has come back and made into the first team.
“It’s always an unusual place to go, Plymouth, because of the amount of travelling you have to do; he seems to be taking all of that in his stride.
“Now he’s kicking on, really, and he wants to keep pushing and go up the levels.”
Does Opoku have a future at Fulham?
The youngster opened his account for Plymouth in a 2-2 draw with Portsmouth back in November with the defender’s goal ensuring the Pilgrims a point in the Dockyard derby.
TIF Thoughts on Rutzler’s comments…
Opoku is yet to make his first-team debut for Fulham, however, Rutzler spoke very highly of the youngster which makes you question where his future with the club is if the Whites manage to maintain their Premier League status this season. Alternatively, you can question whether he may be given a chance if they do drop back down to the Championship – though he appears to be doing the right things out on loan.