Fulham's boss is ready to risk Thanos Petsos on the bench against Premier League Hull tomorrow.
The new defensive midfielder only joined from Werder Bremen on Wednesday - and is woefully short of game time.
Even so, Slavisa Jokanovic thinks the German-born Greek international can still do a job trying to tame Tigers in the FA Cup fourth-round clash.
He said: "We are actually right now a small squad and I believe he can help us in this position in the time that is in front of us.
"I am working today for the first time with him on Friday, he has played only three games so far this season and I still have to decide whether he should start from the bench or not."
The story so far...
So why Petsos?
He’s adaptable for a start.
Petsos made his FC Kaiserslautern debut in 2010 as a right back, before a stint further down the road as centre back and then more recently as defensive midfielder for Werder.
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Saturday was not the best time for the ex-Wolves man to make an almighty mess of a back pass that fell kindly for QPR’s Ryan Manning to open the scoring in the west London derby.
Six-foot Petsos has earned a reputation as a tough player in the Bundesliga, so maybe the Championship that has seen many a foreigner cast adrift on the sea of physicality will prove no reef to the new man.
Why a loan deal now?
In truth, Werder don't want him.
He’s fallen down the club’s pecking order, not least because of outspoken comments about boss Alexander Nouri.
With Danish international Thomas Delaney and Florian Grillitsch vying for Petsos’s place, two might be company, but three’s a crowd.
Here's a flavour of what Fulham are about to get.
Is he available for full transfer?
Petsos has a Werder contract until 2019, but something in the region of £850,000 would see the Germans release him if all goes well from now until the end of the season.
He would certainly be a lot cheaper than the last big import with a Greek background.
The name Kostas Mitroglous, £12 million and all that, still sends shivers down the back of Cottage hierarchy.
Anything else we need to know?
Apart from being tough, and with the technical skills demanded in the Bundesliga, Petsos has a bit of a dig on him - allegedly.
But a mere six goals in six years means he has a fair bit to catch up on when hitting the back of the net.
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