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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (12/01/18)...
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2018, 07:57:35 AM »
How Fulham Could Line Up After The January Transfer Window Fitting In This Premier League Attacker

How Fulham Could Line Up After The January Transfer Window Fitting In Lewis Grabban

Lewis Grabban has been re-called from Sunderland by Bournemouth as expected and will be sold before the end of the month. Fulham are one of a number of clubs looking to nab him and if he arrives in West London, it may well be one of the best pieces of business they have done in a long while.

If I had any influence at Fulham at all, I would kick, scream, shout and even beg Slavisa Jokanovic to go back to the 4-2-3-1 formation which worked so well for him last season and crucially works so well for the players he has at his disposal.

With a 4-2-3-1 in mind, here’s how they could look with Grabban in the mix:

GK – David Button

Marcus Bettinelli may prove to be a better long-term prospect but Button is coming to just the right age for a ‘keeper.

RB – Ryan Fredericks

One of so, so many reasons to love the 4-2-3-1, given that he can bomb forward more and join the attack.
CB – Tomas Kalas

He now knows the club inside and out and even if he doesn’t eventually make it in the Premier League, he is definitely among the better centre-backs in this league.
CB – Tim Ream

This settled centre-back pairing is still the way to go you feel.
LB – Rafa Soares

Alright, he’s no Scott Malone but then neither is Odoi on this side. So in the interests of balance, maybe he should be allowed a longer run in the side with Sessegnon further forward.

CM – Kevin McDonald

The linchpin, truly, though it seems both Middlesbrough and Rangers are looking to poach him before the month ends.
CM – Stefan Johansen

One of the many players to have been inconvenienced by the change in formation this season. Starting from deep, next to McDonald, Johansen doesn’t intrude the space occupied by the front four, yet has a knack for breaking through and contributing more goals.
RW – Sheyi Ojo

Fits into this system well, cutting in from the right, on to his left foot, just as Sone Aluko did last term to good effect.
CAM – Tom Cairney

Bridges the gap superbly between the midfield and the striker, similar to Steven Gerrard. He has to play centrally and must hate this year’s 4-3-3, which is blunting his influence.
LW – Ryan Sessegnon

Utterly, completely wasted at left-back. Every time Sessegnon is asked to play further forward, even since getting into the side as a 16-year-old, he scores and creates goals. It’s that simple.
ST – Lewis Grabban

Should Grabban arrive, then he would definitely have to play in the No.9 position, providing Fulham with the bulk of their goals, which his current form says he is capable of doing.

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (12/01/18)...
« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2018, 08:00:22 AM »

Jokanovic hopes Fulham hold onto Fredericks
by Dan on January 12, 2018

Slavisa Jokanovic insists he remains unaware of any suggestion that Ryan Fredericks could be about to leave Fulham – and hopes that his squad will be strengthened in the next few days.

The Fulham head coach professed ignorance of rumours linking the Fulham right back with a potential move to Premier League Swansea City or Stoke City and told reporters at his press conference yesterday that the full-back had trained with the first team head of Saturday’s trip to Middlesbrough. Jokanovic said the 25 year-old was very much in his plans for the visit to the Riverside Stadium:

    I don’t know about these rumours or links with Ryan Fredericks, all the people know I use him in all the games and for the team and myself he is an important player. What kind of steps we are going to take, I don’t need to make any comment on but at the end I expect we are going to be stronger soon that what we are right now.

    I expect this guy, who is still not under contract as it ends at the end of the season, but for another side I understand the sport, business stuff and I don’t know what solution is best for us, but it is not in my hands.

    Before we were talking about three players and now it has been ten days, I expect something will happen but it’s not in my hands and we’ll be focused on preparing the team for Boro. We will see, at the end, club need to make a step what we believe is important step for the team, and I expect something will happen.

The signs are that Fulham, who are still in discussions with Fredericks about extending his contract beyond this summer, are prepared to play hardball with any potential suitors about the right back’s availability. The club have received no offers for the former Tottenham and Bristol City defender – and a Daily Mirror report suggests Fulham’s £5m valuation may have encouraged Swansea to switch their attentions to other targets.

Fredericks, who joined Fulham from Ashton Gate for a fee of around £500,000 in August 2015, has made 92 appearances for the Whites and became Jokanovic’s first choice right back. The pacy defender told GetWestLondon’s Ryan O’Donovan in December that he was concentrating on furthering Fulham’s bid for promotion from the Championship rather than any contract negotiations.

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (12/01/18)...
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2018, 08:01:30 AM »
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic discusses his relationship with data analyst James Lovell

Lovell was appointed as the interim data analyst after CK's sacking and Jokanovic has spoken for the first time about him

Slavisa Jokanovic has described his relationship with CK's replacement, James Lovell, as "fantastic."

The head coach and the former assistant director of football operations didn't see eye-to-eye on K's transfer policy whilst he was at the club - with his time being cut when he was sacked in November.

Lovell, who has been at Fulham since 2011, is now one of the men responsible for transfer dealings at the club, and Jokanovic has described the pair's working relationship as 'fantastic' - something that could not be said for the 49-year-old and K's relationship.

He said: "It's fantastic, everything is fantastic and it's nice.

"I don't know in what kind of the relationship we are thinking but I have made my job, and sometimes I go outside of my job and have the repetition.

"I expect the club are going to make a positive step and I expect us and all the coaches are going to be stronger tomorrow than what we are today."

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (12/01/18)...
« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2018, 04:58:02 PM »
Which game last year did we play a 4-2-3-1? McDonald hardly ever had someone beside him, so I'm not sure if that is accurate. I could be wrong though.