Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has today signed Fulham midfielder Lyle Della-Verde on a one month loan.
Released by Tottenham Hotspur as a 12 year old, Lyle joined Southend United, where he was an unused substitute for the first team on more than one occasion. He moved to Fulham, as a first year scholar, in August 2011 and was a member of the squad that became National Academy champions in 2011/12.
Having scored hat tricks for the Fulham U-18 side, against Watford and Bristol City, an ankle ligament injury prevented him making an appearance for the Cottagers in the Premier Academy League Final.
He was promoted to the U-21 squad at Craven Cottage for the 2013/14 campaign and scored his first two goals at that level in a 3-1 win against Blackburn Rovers.
Described as a box to box midfielder, Lyle can play in any position across the middle and has also played as a support striker.
Darrell explained the need to bring in a loan signing and how Lyle has impressed him on the occasions he's seen him play; With Andy Monkhouse being suspended for three games and Jake Gosling shortly to be away on international duty Gibraltar, I needed to bring a wide player in to cover their absences.
“I've watched the Fulham Development squad on a number of occasions and like the way they play and Lyle is someone who has caught my eye. He's young, but has had a good grounding at Southend and Fulham and I'm sure that he will be a valuable member of the squad whilst he's with us.
“He will meet the rest of the lads this morning before his first training session and will join the squad that travels up to Tranmere for Saturday's FA Cup tie.”
Rovers Chairman Nick Higgs said of the club's latest signing; "We are delighted to welcome Lyle to the Memorial Stadium and hope that he enjoys a successful month with us.
“We are pleased to be able to bring in a young player from a club that was in the Premiership last season and who has done very well at U-18 and U-21 level for Fulham and we are certain that he will add to the quality of Darrell's first team squad."