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How I see the squad shaping up next season
« on: May 17, 2017, 10:36:21 PM »
For starters before we get down about the idea of our squad being dismantled, let's remember that the squad is less than a year old. Especially the settled team we discovered in October/November time. It's not as if this was the second or third attempt and players will be losing faith in the project or ambition.

As wonderful as Cairney and Sessengon are if someone offers upwards of 20m for either then the club should sell them. Sess would be considered a squad player like Piazon if it wasn't for the fact he is 16, very special but not irreplaceable with that kind of dosh to reinvest. Same with TC, wonderful player for a mere 3.5m. I'm sure we could find another for the money a club would need to offer with his long contract.

Unfortunately we aren't at the top of the food chain and with FFP we will encounter situations where one player going to fund 3 good ones is the way to grow. We bought McDonald and Johansen for less than 5m. I'm positive the club could scout another couple of gems because being realistic, we've been extremely lucky to only have 3 midfielders in a system that requires 3 and not have any of them injured at any point.

Having said all that the gaffer reckons he's been promised neither will leave and I take his word. Again it could be early poker face to up their value but look at the Martin saga, he stuck to his word and the club backed him.

I get the impression Tony Khan wants to be loved by the fans. They will be more than aware of the views of many about their ownership until this season and they won't want to tarnish the relationship that is slowly starting to heal. If the club upset Joka or they make decisions that aren't for the benefit of the team/club than they must be stupid.

Enough of that. Let's be positive!!!!! It's been a wonderful season, I'd even suggest Ream has turned a corner and is the answer. No need imo for a new first choice centre half providing Kalas stays. Just a couple of back ups, naturally left and right footed respectively that play the way Joka likes. Which is clearly the problem with Madl and Sigurdsson whom have both proved their qualities as defenders, one for us in the past and the latter for Iceland.

I see no point in messing around with the full Backs, if the rumour of Brighton for Malone is true then I think that shows a massive lack of ambition on their front. I love Scott but he is in a good place with us and we certainly don't need to lose him to a fellow championship club. Our team will be one of the top 3 or 4 favourites next year. Odoi is good enough back up for Fred. Let's replace those that NEED replacing. Obviously we need another Odoi type to back up Malone if and I say if Sess does leave.

Onto the forwards. We play an exciting style of football with our front 3, I would hate to see that change. But it's in this area I feel we are at our weakest despite being the league's joint top scorers. We don't have goalscorers when games are tight. It's the central link of the 3 that needs addressing. Someone who can not only play down the middle but also comfortably run the channels too with pace. Tammy Abrahams springs to mind. He can score all types of goals, is a presence in the box and in the air and is quick enough to fit in with what we want to do. Gary Hooper is another, at the Cottage Wednesday went direct, NOT LONG BALL because that suggests just lump it, instead it was to penetrate the opposition by playing through the forward playing on the shoulder of the last man.

It seems harsh but last night was the last straw for me with Aluko's finishing. Let's not beat around the bush, he's a wonderful skillful wholehearted player but his finishing is a joke. At times so is Ayite's. I wouldn't rule out both being subs next season and what fine subs they will be with Piazon a different kind of bench option possibly as cover for the midfield trio too. I feel next year will be Kebano's season. We also need a plan B which is what Matt Smith could have been, now's the opportunity to bring in a target man to offer something different but not just a lump with no pace or skill. I'm thinking a Glenn Murray.

So to summarise it's not major surgery that's required, we aren't first time buyers so to speak. We are on the property ladder now and are in a position to go from a 2 bed into a 3 and get that dream home we always wanted. Below is a little wishlist from me trying to be sensible

Out
Joronen
Button
Madl
Sigurdsson
Grimmer

Williams
LVC
Tunnicliffe
Parker
Petsos
Jozabed


Martin
Cyriac
Woodrow


Ins
1st choice keeper
Kalas
Long term deal for Sess and keep him
2 back up CBs
2 competent midfielders to give us a 5 overall for 3 spaces (another McD & another Johansen)
Pay rise for Cairney and another year on contract
Piazon
2 quality strikers

So basically 3 first teamers and 4 squad players of the Piazon standard...........not the Petsos standard!

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Re: How I see the squad shaping up next season
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2017, 10:41:08 PM »
We won't get 20 for sess unles he signs a contract, closer to ten. Gave to remember that Danny Ings only went for 8 million plus 20% of any profit and that was via a tribunal.

As for TC closer to 15 we will ask 20 but I can't see anyone paying that for a championship player, he can play higher for sure but he is still a championship player
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Re: How I see the squad shaping up next season
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2017, 10:45:20 PM »
Signing wise

Keeper Ido twee us signing one but if we do then we should look at Darren Randolph if not wanted by West Ham or maybe even Sam Johnstone from Man Utd

Centre backs I am to really up on but reckon we will be looking abroad

Midfield wise, guy at Southend called Leonard has a lot of potential and is very consistent. Would add to what we have and can any lding or a little further forward, possibly also worth looking abroad as a bargain to be had over there.

Striker wise, it depends what we want but abrahams, fletcher if we want a lump up front or on elf each of those types so we have variety. Again we will probably pluck someone from abroad
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Re: How I see the squad shaping up next season
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2017, 10:50:31 PM »
We won't get 20 for sess unles he signs a contract, closer to ten. Gave to remember that Danny Ings only went for 8 million plus 20% of any profit and that was via a tribunal.

As for TC closer to 15 we will ask 20 but I can't see anyone paying that for a championship player, he can play higher for sure but he is still a championship player

My understanding is the contract will be signed for Sess which is what I was basing it on. 10m doesn't even touch the sides if he's under a professional contract. We are talking about the future Bale, not Danny Ings.

I think you are probably right with Cairney but I'm gonna be harsh here. He was decent last season but not amazing, only this year he has really flourished. We keep him unless we get 20m. Otherwise it's a pointless sale.

After watching the game tonight I feel Nakhi Wells would be perfect
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Re: How I see the squad shaping up next season
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2017, 10:58:57 PM »
you would hope LVC can regain some of his old form as back up for Johanson save a few quid and talking of Ings reckon we could get him on loan dont see him being used a Liverpool next season now klopp seems to like Sturridge again, and will need some game time

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Re: How I see the squad shaping up next season
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2017, 11:04:06 PM »
For me it would be

GK: NEW
RB: Fredericks
CB: Kalas
CB: Ream:
LB: Malone
DM: McDonald
CM: Johansen
AM: Ayite
AM: Cairney
AM: Aluko
ST: NEW

Squad:
Button/Bettinelli
Sessegnon
Odoi
Madl
NEW CB
NEW DM
NEW CM

LVC (possibly)
Kebano
Piazon
NEW AM
NEW ST


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Re: How I see the squad shaping up next season
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2017, 11:11:31 PM »
For me:

I think we could use another center back, not including Kalas.

Agree with Dannyboi on the midfield.

Would keep LVC and Woodrow though. Not sure what we have in Cyriac. I'd like to think coming in at January wasn't too settling. Team was already formed and maybe hasn't found his footing. Wouldn't mind him on a permanent. Need another two true strikers. Would love Dom Dwyer from Kansas City and either Assombalonga or Abraham.

Don't think we need an upgrade at GK to be honest. Betts is more than adequate.

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Re: How I see the squad shaping up next season
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2017, 11:23:09 PM »
Maybe Cyriac will do a Kebano. Both came from the same league and Kebano took half a season of rarely making the bench before he came out of nowhere in February. I doubt it somehow but maybe. His finish against Blackburn was exquisite
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Re: How I see the squad shaping up next season
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2017, 11:26:58 PM »
Surprised people don't include a place for Jozabed. Remember he joined us having had no pre-season. With a full pre-season behind him I think he would be a very good player.

Technically I dont think their is any midfielder better than him in this league. What other midfielders from this division would play a part in the Europa league semi finals? I don't think even Cairney would. Jozabed came to us as the top scoring midfielder in a league far better than the championship!

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Re: How I see the squad shaping up next season
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2017, 11:32:10 PM »
Surprised people don't include a place for Jozabed. Remember he joined us having had no pre-season. With a full pre-season behind him I think he would be a very good player.

Technically I dont think their is any midfielder better than him in this league. What other midfielders from this division would play a part in the Europa league semi finals? I don't think even Cairney would. Jozabed came to us as the top scoring midfielder in a league far better than the championship!



Celta have an option to buy so they might take him back. Also if he got homesick last time, what has changed now such that the same won't happen again? If Joka wants him I wouldn't mind seeing him come back

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Re: How I see the squad shaping up next season
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2017, 11:38:14 PM »
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Re: How I see the squad shaping up next season
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2017, 12:34:14 AM »
For me it would be

GK: NEW
RB: Fredericks
CB: Kalas
CB: Ream:
LB: Malone
DM: McDonald
CM: Johansen
AM: Ayite
AM: Cairney
AM: Aluko
ST: NEW

Squad:
Button/Bettinelli
Sessegnon
Odoi
Madl
NEW CB
NEW DM
NEW CM

LVC (possibly)
Kebano
Piazon
NEW AM
NEW ST



I liked dannyboi's original post but think you are closer to the mark.
Couple of thoughts:
I agree about Jozabed being useful addition. With being a year more mature might with Joka's support be able to deal with the London thing and play a role.
LVC seemed to do a job with Burton and got real game time, he will have pre-season to prove himself or will be gone with Williams and the others.
Striker(s): I love Aluko and Ayite for their flair but they just do not convert chances enough and the play-offs showed it. We really need a real goal threat like Martin promised to be but on balance only delivered on a couple of times. We suck at corners, when was the last time we actually scored from one. Please can we have a striker or two who can cause enough trouble in the box to let someone score occasionally! I would also hope our analytic and scouting group can come up with someone better than Hooper or Fletcher. Tammy Abraham is on Chelsea's books so maybe if we take Piazon and Kalas off them we can have him on loan as part of the deal. Dont see him playing anytime soon for Chelsea.
If we keep one keeper as back up it should be Betts, Button is just not confident or vocal enough to work our/Joka's system.
CB: I hope we can actually buy Kalas but would like to see one more strong ball playing CB.
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Re: How I see the squad shaping up next season
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2017, 05:01:45 AM »
For me it would be

GK: NEW
RB: Fredericks
CB: Kalas
CB: Ream:
LB: Malone
DM: McDonald
CM: Johansen
AM: Ayite
AM: Cairney
AM: Aluko
ST: NEW

Squad:
Button/Bettinelli
Sessegnon
Odoi
Madl
NEW CB
NEW DM
NEW CM

LVC (possibly)
Kebano
Piazon
NEW AM
NEW ST




This isn't entirely unreasonable, but how are we funding the acquisition of seven new players plus buying Kalas without selling one of Cairney or Sess?

I feel like if you get offered 15M for one of them, you take it. I'd rather keep Cairney, as the goal is to get promoted next season, he's way more impactful than Sess is in the short term, and we won't keep Sess for more than another year or two regardless.

If you sell TC, then you have 15M + a few million for others sold off + Khan backing ... so you could get toward 30M to spend. That's what's needed to finish top 2. Just Kalas (5M?), a good starting striker (6-8M) and a new No. 1 GK (2-3M) will cost you ~15M, and you need to replace Cairney's skill set, as well as adding quality depth in spots. We were pretty lucky with injuries this season. No guarantee we can get away with that again.

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Re: How I see the squad shaping up next season
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2017, 05:49:27 AM »
Between now and the end of August a multitude of things could happen, including the Earth being struck by a massive asteroid coming out of our blind spot, but few of the possibilities will actually take place.  In that period a lot of human beings will make promises they will not keep, say things they do not mean, be very selfish, do very nasty things to others, be tempted by something desirable and cause pain and hurt to another.  Some of these people may even be connected to Fulham FC.  These things happen all the time but it is unbelievably tough predicting tomorrow out of what we think we know about today.  You have BLT sandwiches already prepared for lunch today but will you actually eat them? 

Last year McCormack did the Fulham Future Foxtrot with the FFC Orchestra playing discordantly in the background, dancing with the bride but actually fancying the maid of honour.  This year there'll be something or somebody else not following the written notes in the score or playing out of time.  Perhaps we will benefit from this this time around, but maybe we are always to be the bridesmaid and never the bride.  Let's just remember what we were saying about Fulham this time last year and compare it to how it all turned out in reality.  And, yesterday morning did any one of us really believe Huddesrfield Town would gut Wednesday in the most hurtful way possible?  Whayever happens my love for Fulham will continue and my optimism be as brazen as I can make it because it is better to believe and to dream rather than to despair and to suffer nightmares.

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Re: How I see the squad shaping up next season
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2017, 07:09:57 AM »
I suspect that we may need to sell Cairney and Sessegnon for £20M so that we can afford the following. Two forwards, a central midfielder to replace Cairney, a back up to replace Parker (or LVC returns) and hopefully Kalas but otherwise someone as good. Not certain Kalas would join us so finding a gem like him may be difficult.