Tom Cairney is enjoying a fine season and is starting to reap the rewards of his hard work, and now his manager has challenged him to go even further next season.
The 26-year-old picked up the EFL player of the year award at the London Football Awards on Thursday night, pipping team mate Sone Aluko to the gong.
He’s bagged himself seven goals this season, with nine assists in what has been a tremendous season, and Jokanovic has been full of praise for the midfielder.
He said: "I was satisfied to be part of this fantastic charity event and it’s also very good news for Fulham and for Tom Cairney to win this award.
"He’s improved and grown up with us and this Fulham team have grown up with him too - he helped myself and my staff to develop this style we play football with.
"It’s a nice evening for himself, now we need to forget the awards and try to be in the same or a better position next year.
"He brings many things, he’s an important part of our team in terms of dominating the game and he connects many successful passes.
"He’s a player who has some fantastic confidence in himself and can score goals and make assists in the position,.
"He offers us many things and he’s made many positive steps here.
"Generally, I want to keep my best players and I want him to stay with us."