Date: 9th August 2019 at 1:40pm
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This summer’s transfer window has been good in some ways from an attacking perspective, but extremely poor in other ways, due to the lack of defensive signings. It was ultimately our defence that cost the team another bite at the Premier League with the amount of goals shipped last season.

We are left now in a worse position in our backline, as arguably one of our best players, and one that can play in defence, Ryan Sessegnon has been sold to Tottenham.

I was delighted when Mitro and Cairney pledged their immediate future to the club, and also with the return of Johansen and re-introduction of McDonald in midfield. Even more encouraged when we managed to sign Cavaleiro and Knockaert to aid Mitro in the goals for account.

All it seemed we needed, was another right back, centre back and tough midfielder. Then along came Arter from Bournemouth and we were nearly there.

Alas, deadline day passes, and the long drawn out transfer saga with Ryan Sessegnon eventually materialises. We sell him and bring in Onomah, a young midfielder from Spurs in the deal.

So here we go again on Saturday, a home game against Blackburn Rovers, and having to field the same backline that ruefully caved in last season faster than it took Mawson to injure his knee through tying up his boot laces. No fresh faces to help poor Bettinelli from injuring his back picking up the ball from inside his net.

Scott Parker, the clubs latest manager, who lacks experience in terms of management skills, will be expected to get this team challenging for automatic promotion, or at least for a play-off spot. I really hope he manages somehow to get the very best out of this team.

Maybe he should look back at the reign of Kevin Keegan while he was manager of Fulham. His philosophy was one of attack, attack, attack. If the opposition scores three, then we will score four. It worked then, would it today?

Or is it the only choice we have?

What do you think?

Please feel free to drop your views into the comment facility beneath this article.

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6 Replies to “Fulham’s Press For Promotion Dented, As NO New Defenders Signed In Transfer Window.”

  • Yes we were poor defensively last season….everyone knows that but the Championship is a step down. Our back 4 wont be under the same intense pressure and we will have possession of the ball more. Mawson is like a new signing on last season. I wonder if our defence is getting a little too much negative attention. How many relegated clubs keep their back together? Usually the better players leave….our back 4 is a solid Championship back 4….just a poor Premier League back 4…simples

  • Our weakness last season was the lack of protection for the back 4. Onomuah and Arter will fill that gap.
    Remember, our “useless” defence had a pretty good run in the second half of the 2017-2018 season.

  • Yes we could have done with a little more strength at the back and having Hector sign in January will help to give us some depth over the duration of the season. However we certainly have a defence capable of keeping of getting the results we need. Maybe Steven Sess might break through, he deserves a chance in his brothers shadow. Mawson will have something to prove and there is experience in this league. Parker can learn from the two predecessors and get the team believing again. Then it’s down to us fans.

    Let’s get behind them at the Cottage and see a return to winning ways! COYW!!

  • Why do people think Sess was a good full back, he really didn’t play there, more a attacking mid fielder and we have covered that position. I think we have enough players up and coming that will fit the full back position also there is no reason why one of the players we have bought in can’t do the the defensive role.

  • Let us hope the kevin keegan way will do it this year and will be succesfull scoring more goals then theopposition.There is also a theory when you are strongest at midfield you win matches and with reed and the tottenham man you get more power and Arter and Cairney have to dictate and lead the team.I hope fulham will get promoted directly.Kind regards lou koopman holland.

  • I don’t think the lack of new pieces can take our hopes of promotion, because Scott himself managed with these same players to make the team finish the premier league a bit more solidly.
    I think the challenge will be to find the balance between defense – midfield without changing our style
    I believe for the championship we have a really good team to win the direct promotion.

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