Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic has admitted the future of Chris Martin is out of his hands.
Martin struck twice as the Whites thrashed Reading 5-0 to take his tally to six in 14 games since his loan move from Derby County.
The Scotland forward was brought in late on deadline day as one of Jokanovic’s key targets.
But when asked if he wanted to make Martin’s loan permanent, Jokanovic, who is not in sole control of Fulham’s transfer policy, said: “Generally, this is not in my hands.
“I am happy with Chris Martin and the club know my opinion. But he’s important for us now and for the rest of the season.
“He scored two goals, but apart from that he offered very good work and pressed the opponents very well.
“He’s an experienced player and his numbers in the past show us he can be very important player for us.”
Jokanovic was pleased with the dismantling of Reading, who had won five in a row before their visit to Craven Cottage.
He said: “I can be very happy with this victory and the performance of the team. I am very satisfied because we offered one great afternoon for our supporters.
“We showed how strong we can be if we believe in ourselves, if we believe in our style.
“I am happy with the progress of my team. This is more or less the style we wanted to find.”