The Fulham owner’s son Tony Khan admitted that mistakes were made in the player selection process last season that led to the club bringing in 15 additions to the first team squad.
Six of these were loanees that have now returned to their previous clubs:
Goalkeeper – Sergio Rico
Defenders – Calum Chambers, Havard Nordtveit and Timothy Fosu-Mensah
Forwards – Andre Schurrle and Luciano Vietto
Two short term purchases have also departed – Ryan Babel and Lazar Markovic
That equals a total of 8 (more than half) of those brought in have already gone.
Out of the remaining 7, it seems highly likely that 3 more will follow shortly – Fabri, Le-Marchand and Seri.
That would leave just 4.
Thankfully they are the most likely of the whole 15 that would be beneficial in Scott Parker’s quest for an immediate return to the Premier League – Alfie Mawson, Joe Bryan, Andre-Frank Anguissa and Alek Mitrovic.
However, two of these are currently high on the list of predators hoping to persuade them to leave Craven Cottage. They are two of our best performers of last season, Mitrovic and Bryan.
With just five weeks remaining of the Championship window before it closes, once again we seem to be slow off the mark. One of our star defenders we tried unsuccessfully to bring back to the Cottage, Matt Targett has now been gathered up by Premier League returners Aston Villa.
Had we been a bit quicker and paid the going rate last season, perhaps our defence would have been a tad stronger.
I am sure Scottie is aware of the players he needs to give us a shot at finishing in the top six next season.
Where are they and why are we holding back again?
Another reason why I suggest Deja Vu is that the bookies make us favourites alongside Leeds for automatic promotion.
We had an awful season in the top division, are on our third manager in a year (Scott Parker who has not had a full season’s managerial experience yet), another virtual change of players inevitable, and a lack of confidence that needs immediate improvement.
Last season we were bookies favourite to finish in the top half of the Premier League. Expectations were high after a spending spree of over £100 million
The rest is history.
We need to hurry up and grab the players Scottie needs to give them a few weeks to settle before the season begins.
We do not want the same start to this season as last. If it does, Parker’s first managerial role could prove to be a very short one.
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