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Title: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: rweller86 on August 17, 2017, 05:01:03 PM
Fonte Signs

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The Club is delighted to confirm the signing of Sporting Clube de Braga captain Rui Fonte for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old has signed a three-year deal, with a Club option to extend by a further 12 months.

Comfortable playing as a number nine or in a wider position, Fonte already has two goals to his name from his four Braga appearances this season. He netted the winner in their 2-1 league victory over Portimonense, while he was also on target in a UEFA Europa League Qualifier against AIK Solna.

Fonte joined Braga permanently last summer following a successful loan spell, and he ended the season with 11 goals from 24 league starts, making him comfortably the club’s top scorer as they finished fifth in the Primeira Liga.

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After coming through the academy at Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal, Fonte’s first stint in England saw him join Arsenal as a teenager, where he went on to make his professional debut in a 3-0 FA Cup victory over Wigan Athletic in November 2008.

The younger brother of West Ham United defender and European Championship winner Jose Fonte, he joined his sibling at Crystal Palace for a 10-game loan spell later that season, giving him a first taste of Championship football.

In the summer of 2009 Fonte returned to his homeland with former club Sporting Lisbon. He took in loan spells with Vitória Setúbal and Espanyol, before making his move to the latter permanent.

Fonte was back in Portugal by January 2013 when he signed a deal with Benfica, for whom he scored in the Final of the Taça de Portugal, the country’s domestic cup competition, as they beat Porto on penalties.

Capped by Portugal at youth level from Under-16s upwards, Fonte scored eight times in 22 appearances for their Under-21 side. He has been called up for the senior team in the past, but is yet to win a full cap.

Speaking to fulhamfc.com after putting pen to paper Fonte expressed his delight having completed the move,

"I am very happy and very excited to sign for Fulham, this is an amazing challenge.

"Fulham is a massive club and I’m looking forward to it.

"I wanted to say a big thank you to Braga who took me in as family and I’m thankful to all the staff and fans for their support during my time there."

Tony Khan commented, "Rui Fonte is a substantial talent, and I'm thrilled to welcome him to the Fulham Football Club.

We have been interested in Rui for a long time. We have great aspirations for the future of this club, and today we have taken another step towards realizing them by adding a striker known for his immense skill and selfless teamwork. COYW!"

http://www.fulhamfc.com/news/2017/august/17/fonte-joins
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: f321ffc on August 17, 2017, 05:07:49 PM
 076.gif Welcome Harry Bella, if your too young to get it ask yer dad. 092.gif

Or maybe your Grandad. 092.gif
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Milo on August 17, 2017, 05:08:46 PM
Woop :)
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: aaronmcguigan on August 17, 2017, 05:09:28 PM
As Tony says , "Welcome to the Fulham football club."  🙃😂👍🏻
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: dannyboi-ffc on August 17, 2017, 05:11:01 PM
Welcome Rui!!!!!
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Woolly Mammoth on August 17, 2017, 05:11:06 PM
Another string to Fulham's bow, he has quality.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Mitrovic the warrior on August 17, 2017, 05:12:55 PM
Welcome son. Hopefully this is the man to take us up.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Barrett487 on August 17, 2017, 05:14:57 PM
Congratulations on joining a great club Rui  049:gif

I would suggest as a song (as i'm expecting great things)

Rui, Rui, Rui, Rui, Rui Rui ooooooohhhhhhhhhhh 

(to the tune of Kaiser Chiefs' Ruby)
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: hovewhite on August 17, 2017, 05:15:00 PM
Welcome to the club ru .
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: andersons11 on August 17, 2017, 05:17:17 PM
When I saw Woodrow go out I was optimistic that a forward was close. Welcome.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: AlexW132 on August 17, 2017, 05:46:19 PM
Lovely stuff, welcome to Fulham Rui
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Lighthouse on August 17, 2017, 05:51:22 PM
We certainly kept going back for him with ever increasing offers. Good luck to him. Squad is looking better with our last two signings. Shame about Lucas. But here is hoping that Rui Fonte works well.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: bobbo on August 17, 2017, 05:54:46 PM
Just IMO we have a squad very capable now and xlnt cover all round. It's gonna be hard to keep them all happy.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: e4b on August 17, 2017, 05:56:14 PM
Congratulations on joining a great club Rui  049:gif

I would suggest as a song (as i'm expecting great things)

Rui, Rui, Rui, Rui, Rui Rui ooooooohhhhhhhhhhh 

(to the tune of Kaiser Chiefs' Ruby)
0001.jpeg Welcome Rui
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: mrmicawbers on August 17, 2017, 06:00:12 PM
Looks a great asset. Quick,brave and strong and looks fantastic in the air.
Welcome to Fulham Rui.Looking forward to seeing him play.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Andy S on August 17, 2017, 06:02:45 PM
Great signing we can do the job now barring more injuries
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Holders on August 17, 2017, 06:11:09 PM
Happy with this.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Slaphead in Qatar on August 17, 2017, 06:26:18 PM
Think we've paid too much for fonte, but compared to last season we now have 2 strikers which have potential and offer hope.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: nose on August 17, 2017, 06:34:37 PM
i know it doesn't tell the whole story but just seen his goals on youtube and this man looks like he may be the missing link AND he is experienced, so hopefully that will benifit the younger players... impressive and the sort of signing i had been hoping for at last!
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: nose on August 17, 2017, 06:37:26 PM
Great signing we can do the job now barring more injuries

brilliant signing but I think we are still lacking at the back, claeraly overloaded with midfield and wingers with pace and ability but CB and left back needed......   we are managing, just but I saw we are interested in Bennett who I am assured is a good LB so hopeful of that.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: EastEndWhite on August 17, 2017, 06:43:38 PM
Great signing we can do the job now barring more injuries

brilliant signing but I think we are still lacking at the back, claeraly overloaded with midfield and wingers with pace and ability but CB and left back needed......   we are managing, just but I saw we are interested in Bennett who I am assured is a good LB so hopeful of that.

Sometimes you should just enjoy the moment. Start worrying again tomorrow.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Woolly Mammoth on August 17, 2017, 06:56:28 PM
Great signing we can do the job now barring more injuries

brilliant signing but I think we are still lacking at the back, claeraly overloaded with midfield and wingers with pace and ability but CB and left back needed......   we are managing, just but I saw we are interested in Bennett who I am assured is a good LB so hopeful of that.

Yes, centre back and left back to beef up the defensive unit would complete the jigsaw.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Ordar on August 17, 2017, 06:59:51 PM
He was the Braga captain aswell, and was very well regarded there. His leadership could be very important.

He is also the scorer of goals that we don't score many of, headers, 1 on 1's, 6 yard box scrambles
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: FFCFOREVER on August 17, 2017, 07:05:24 PM
Yes welcome indeed Rui Fonte.At last a striker with a decent pedigree.Welcome to the great Fulham Football Club.And a massive well done to TK , Ali Mac and Co for getting this over the line.COYW.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: nose on August 17, 2017, 07:08:51 PM
Great signing we can do the job now barring more injuries

brilliant signing but I think we are still lacking at the back, claeraly overloaded with midfield and wingers with pace and ability but CB and left back needed......   we are managing, just but I saw we are interested in Bennett who I am assured is a good LB so hopeful of that.

Sometimes you should just enjoy the moment. Start worrying again tomorrow.

i am enjoying the moment, this is a genuine big deal (I think).
Can't help worrying, you can tell it's in my nature. if we really can sign a couple more of this type watch me change.... sky will be the limit!
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Mince n Tatties on August 17, 2017, 08:08:16 PM
Welcome Rui boy...Now go score 20 goals ... 049:gif
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: ScalleysDad on August 17, 2017, 08:49:11 PM
As well as all of the above I would like to add that I am liking his humility already. He thanks his previous Club which seems to operate along the same values we embrace. Onwards.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Jonaldiniho 88 on August 17, 2017, 09:00:40 PM
Welcome Rui. Here is hoping for great things.
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Post by: OMalleyCat on August 17, 2017, 09:02:10 PM
This is great news, welcome Rui!

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Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: cottage expat on August 17, 2017, 09:36:20 PM
Congratulations on joining a great club Rui  049:gif

I would suggest as a song (as i'm expecting great things)

Rui, Rui, Rui, Rui, Rui Rui ooooooohhhhhhhhhhh 





to the tune of Kaiser Chiefs' Ruby





...and possibly:
"Rui Rui, oh,oh
Gonna score a goal"

Tune of the Kingsmen's
"Louie, Louie"
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: ealex40 on August 17, 2017, 09:51:45 PM
Hope you will be very successful Rui!
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Sir Craven on August 17, 2017, 09:55:58 PM
OMEN

2000/01 Strikeforce

Saha - Boa Morte - Hayles
French - Portuguese - English
PROMOTION

2017/18 Strikeforce

Kamara - Fonte - Ojo
French - Portuguese - English
?????
 049:gif
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Sir Craven on August 17, 2017, 09:57:21 PM
Actually Hayles was Jamaican via Brixton oops
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: AlexW132 on August 17, 2017, 09:59:33 PM
He was the Braga captain aswell, and was very well regarded there. His leadership could be very important.

He is also the scorer of goals that we don't score many of, headers, 1 on 1's, 6 yard box scrambles
Direct free kicks too apparently
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: FulhamStu on August 17, 2017, 11:35:58 PM
Can he take a penalty ?
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Jonaldiniho 88 on August 17, 2017, 11:43:35 PM
He was the Braga captain aswell, and was very well regarded there. His leadership could be very important.

He is also the scorer of goals that we don't score many of, headers, 1 on 1's, 6 yard box scrambles
Direct free kicks too apparently

Stephjo really wasn't good enough last season but has done well so far this. Norwood takes a mean deadball so if fonte can take a free kick then we have options. He looks great in the box so wouldn't want him taking corners
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Matt10 on August 18, 2017, 01:37:01 AM
Looks like a fantastic signing. We all know his brother Jose is quite the player as well.

Will Rui be able to play against Wednesday?
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: RaySmith on August 18, 2017, 04:05:57 AM
Welcome Rui.
Hope you are very successful at Fulham.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: whitejc on August 18, 2017, 04:50:15 PM
 
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: OhConnah on August 18, 2017, 05:02:11 PM
Extremely well spoken, I have high hopes for him - RF9 and AK47 will hopefully form a free flowing relationship upfront. Will we ever focus on playing two strikers, I don't know, but AK47 will probably be shifted to the wing with Ayite out.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Holders on August 18, 2017, 08:28:48 PM
Seems a nice bloke and speaks good English.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Jonaldiniho 88 on August 18, 2017, 09:23:52 PM
Enjoyed that interview. Seems very honest. Not just giving cliche answers. From his clips on YouTube he does seem to be great in the box positioning wise. Something we have really missed.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: AlexW132 on August 18, 2017, 09:33:29 PM
Seems a nice bloke and speaks good English.
Did I detect a hint of London accent in it?
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: ScalleysDad on August 18, 2017, 09:44:46 PM
Enjoyed that interview. Seems very honest. Not just giving cliche answers. From his clips on YouTube he does seem to be great in the box positioning wise. Something we have really missed.


I really do hope the team selection plays to that strength. We have plenty of players who can get the ball to the box but too many players like Aluko who lose their head when they get in it. Later on Piazon and this new fella could be interesting to watch.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: SP on December 05, 2017, 06:47:15 PM
Couldn't resist digging this post out to see the reaction when we signed him. We certainly had high hopes for Rui, still plenty of time for him to fulfill his potential. And no Fulham Stu, he can't take a pen...
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: HatterDon on December 05, 2017, 10:31:50 PM
Interesting reading. We all love strikers we've never seen play. It was good to see so much positivity about a transfer, though.

As for still time to come good, that's a good thought, but it seems to me that his major problem with us is an inability to deal with the physicality of the Championship. That's not likely to fix itself.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: JoelH5 on December 05, 2017, 10:49:12 PM
Great signing we can do the job now barring more injuries

And with this post Andy, I blame this seasons misfortunes entirely on you ;)
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Lighthouse on December 05, 2017, 11:35:21 PM
There is always optimism when we buy a player especially since we waited to buy a forward for so long. The fact that he isn't so much a forward but what they call a number 10, playing deeper and not doing much at all. We are all disappointed now. But we must be enthusiastic every time something new happens. Otherwise everybody will be fed up and moody all the time. Then everybody will be too much like me.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Woolly Mammoth on December 05, 2017, 11:41:32 PM
Great signing we can do the job now barring more injuries

And with this post Andy, I blame this seasons misfortunes entirely on you ;)

He should be sued, I am fuming.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: hovewhite on December 06, 2017, 09:52:48 AM
Hes not ready for the rough and tumble of the championship for sure,he needs to get in the gymm and make his frame more solid for next season.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Twig on December 06, 2017, 09:56:19 AM
Hes not ready for the rough and tumble of the championship for sure,he needs to get in the gymm and make his frame more solid for next season.

Next season?
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Woolly Mammoth on December 06, 2017, 10:02:16 AM
Hes not ready for the rough and tumble of the championship for sure,he needs to get in the gymm and make his frame more solid for next season.

er next season did you say, don’t worry me.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: toshes mate on December 06, 2017, 10:42:56 AM
There is always optimism when we buy a player especially since we waited to buy a forward for so long. The fact that he isn't so much a forward but what they call a number 10, playing deeper and not doing much at all. We are all disappointed now. But we must be enthusiastic every time something new happens. Otherwise everybody will be fed up and moody all the time. Then everybody will be too much like me.
A little harsh on the self criticism IMHO, Lighthouse. but only a little.....  It's pretty normal these days to be fed up and moody about Fulham.  Just as long as we all cheer up a bit when we get promotion in May we'll be fine.  We've all been here many times before.

If we want to see Fonte's potential then I fear we have to wait for the whole team to select a forward gear.  Reverse is now getting bothersome. 
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: davew on December 06, 2017, 03:16:35 PM
Seems a nice bloke and speaks good English.
Indeed, perhaps that is why the transfer fee was so high, can't see any other reason!!
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: davew on December 06, 2017, 03:18:01 PM
Couldn't resist digging this post out to see the reaction when we signed him. We certainly had high hopes for Rui, still plenty of time for him to fulfill his potential. And no Fulham Stu, he can't take a pen...
Just when I was thinking I don't want to criticise Fonte anymore and you bring up this thread again (lol).
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: alfie on December 06, 2017, 05:23:03 PM
Couldn't resist digging this post out to see the reaction when we signed him. We certainly had high hopes for Rui, still plenty of time for him to fulfill his potential. And no Fulham Stu, he can't take a pen...
Just when I was thinking I don't want to criticise Fonte anymore and you bring up this thread again (lol).
Don’t then, you don’t have to criticise Fonte, criticise the bloke that keeps selecting him.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: filham on December 06, 2017, 06:11:02 PM
Interesting reading. We all love strikers we've never seen play. It was good to see so much positivity about a transfer, though.

As for still time to come good, that's a good thought, but it seems to me that his major problem with us is an inability to deal with the physicality of the Championship. That's not likely to fix itself.

Surely an inability to deal with the physicality of the Championship should have been identified before we put the first of the 9 million notes on the table.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Woolly Mammoth on December 06, 2017, 06:27:24 PM
Interesting reading. We all love strikers we've never seen play. It was good to see so much positivity about a transfer, though.

As for still time to come good, that's a good thought, but it seems to me that his major problem with us is an inability to deal with the physicality of the Championship. That's not likely to fix itself.

Surely an inability to deal with the physicality of the Championship should have been identified before we put the first of the 9 million notes on the table.

Precisely, I cannot understand the clubs lack of proper clear and concise research, and this is not the first time.
Title: Re: Welcome Rui Fonte
Post by: Jims Dentist on December 07, 2017, 07:05:52 PM
Interesting reading. We all love strikers we've never seen play. It was good to see so much positivity about a transfer, though.

As for still time to come good, that's a good thought, but it seems to me that his major problem with us is an inability to deal with the physicality of the Championship. That's not likely to fix itself.

Surely an inability to deal with the physicality of the Championship should have been identified before we put the first of the 9 million notes on the table.
Exactly right.
At the time of his signing I was dubious just given his height and weight, he was no way cut out to play central striker and wear the number 9 shirt, nor was his scoring stats particularly impressive.
At the time it was announced that T khan would be D.O.F. I feared the worse as as I have stated many times, he and K are and were totally unqualified to be given their roles.
IF he is an honourable man Tony Khant should fall on his sword and relinquish the role.