Cottagers considering keeping Burn


Fulham are ready to disappoint Birmingham and keep defender Dan Burn at Craven Cottage to bolster their relegation fight.

The Dutchman was impressed with 21-year-old Burn’s composed performance in his senior home debut for Tuesday’s 3-0 FA Cup third-round replay victory over Norwich.

And now Meulensteen has admitted Fulham will weigh up whether to send the former Darlington centre-back out on another loan, or pitch him into league action with the Cottagers.

Burn made 28 appearances in his loan stint at Birmingham in the first half of the season, before being recalled by Meulensteen on January 2.

Blues boss Lee Clark remains keen on another loan deal for Burn, but Meulensteen said he could very well keep him on hand instead.

“Dan’s been a breath of fresh air. He did well in the Norwich away game,” the Fulham manager said.

“Him staying here now is definitely something we’re going to review, definitely.

“That’s a different challenge from playing at home, but he’s matured a lot in Birmingham where he had a very good loan spell.

“And next to Brede Hangeland he looked extremely comfortable.

“The only way that I keep them apart is that he’s right footed and Dan’s left footed.

“You work with him on the pitch – it’s great for someone like Dan to have Brede coming back from that injury so they can work together.

“Dan is a very bright boy, he’s not afraid to speak his mind, he talks, and that’s the sort of thing you look at, and it was a very positive performance from him.”