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Quality over quantity

by danniboi-ffc

How wonderful is it to have so many options? Yet the squad is smaller than last season. Now we have more than one player for every position bar strikers which I am very confident the club will rectify before the deadline.

If I had to pick players that I’d be happy to see go before the window slams shut they would be Stearman/Ream, Tunnicliffe, Kavanagh, Grimmer and Woodrow.

I want 2 strikers in and with Smith as a third option I don’t really see a need for Woodrow. I’d loan him out with a recall option for emergencies. Same with Tunnicliffe as I believe he is the weak link squad player that is in Adeniran’s way. Just like O hara and Matilla were last year for Hyndman.

We could make 4 changes when everyone is fit and still be strong. The club may have broken even with money in and out but that doesn’t bother me. I am very impressed with this window. Compared to last season where I was very critical on deadline day and criticised this has been a breathe of fresh air. We have actually identified a system and built/signed players with the attributes and versatility to suit it. Compare the likes of Aluko and Ayite to the likes of Pringle or Odoi comfortable with both feet and both flanks in contrast to Garbutt or Jazz  who didn’t look comfortable wearing football boots let alone 2 positions.

No over the hill O’hara either, instead all our players are either in their prime or at a very good age all in the mid 20s.

We also have more strength in depth than most championship squads now bar strikers. This will surely give us an advantage as the season moves on and injuries/suspensions take their toll. We also thanks to our academy have the likes of Sess, Ade, Edun and De la torre who combined would cost others millions to have 4 players in the squad even just as back ups. Another advantage as with ffp most clubs won’t be able to both assemble a strong eleven and have a big squad. There’s always give and take with their budgets but we now have an opportunity to get in 2 top strikers and be one of the favourites. Something I never imagined saying a few months ago.

Fulham are defying maths. A 20 man squad should not be bigger than a 26 man squad of last year but it is.

Really buzzing about today, COYW!!!!!!

Abbreviated View from South Texas — Fulham v. Watford

by HatterDon

First of all, I hate them damned Dirty Yellows. The Hatter in me has never had any good thoughts about that crew, and today didn’t change my mind.

Having said that, I’ve seldom seen such a textbook display of quality passing as we saw from Watford. Long, short, back, forward, sideways — all of them clear, smooth, and accurate. With that passing acuity against a 10-man squad, it was always going to get ugly early. And so it did.

From the beginning it was obvious that something was not right with Betts. His crap decision making almost cost us a goal early on when Budurov had to jump in and concede a free kick. He completely lost his rag in giving up the penalty. Since when does an early red card become the better option? Whenever the keeper is sent off, two players suffer. With the exception of his weak distribution, our young keeper has impressed me so far this season. Today, it looked like he left his brain hanging on a hook with his civvies.

Fulham throughout looked confused and out of sorts. Watford looked like a calm, top table side, even given their four game losing streak, and man did their finishing match their passing. That 4th goal was stunning. Fully six Hornets caught the eye, but I’m not going to mention any of them. They’ll be in the playoff picture at least with this squad. Fulham? I’ve seen some great performances from the Whites this season, but today was about dispirited mediocrity. Down 2-0 inside 25 minutes is tough, but a resolute side would have stopped the bleeding and made Watford pay for every yard of turf. Today we never looked like causing even a single threat.

This season, there have been several Fulham players who caught my eye from time to time. Today, the only two players in white I thought put in a decent shift were Grimmer and LVC. The rest looked lost.

I still think we’re going to finish in the top half. I never thought we would be relegated. I never thought we were going to get promoted, but I really had hoped that we were going to stop playing like our manager was Martin Jol.

Oh, and my hat is off to the 2-300 Fulham supporters to stuck around for the bitter end. With the place apparently half full at best, there never was much atmosphere to dissipate with early exits.

There’s obviously no HatterDon Man of the Match in this abortion, but I’m also not going to single out any one person as responsible for this debacle. I’m hoping there’s a bunch of players looking hard at themselves and asking, “Couldn’t I have done more tonight?”