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Post by: whitejc on November 02, 2021, 10:02:55 AM

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Post by: whitejc on November 02, 2021, 04:42:18 PM
Pre-Blackburn Press Conference

Marco Silva delivered his thoughts to the press ahead of Wednesday evening's clash against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park following another positive weekend result as his side ran out 3-0 winners over West Bromwich Albion.

It was a hat-trick from Aleksandar Mitrović that secured the Whites all three points in a comfortable run-out against the Baggies, a result that very much satisfied our Head Coach, but he has insisted that his team are only looking ahead.

"I know it’s always important to get results like this against a team that are a clear contender for promotion," said Marco. "If we don’t do our job well [in the next game], then the impact of these three points won’t be special if we don’t prepare well for the next few games.

"I think a good example of what we are looking from ourselves is what we did in the first 45 minutes. We are in a very good moment and as I have said before, all the players are getting into better physical condition, which is important for me.

"We don’t look at our position in the table. We know that the position we are in will just be a consequence of our results, I know all the managers can say the same but that’s all our team must do. Our job is always to prepare the team in the right way."

Rovers have enjoyed a largely positive start to the season, where they currently sit just outside of the play-off places in seventh, just one point from sixth, with their most recent win coming on Saturday, where they defeated Derby County 2-1.

"I expect it to be a tough, a very tough game," Marco conceded. "If you look and you analyse them, they score a lot of goals at home. If you look at the number of goals that they have scored, they are very close to the teams at the top of the table, which means that they have the capacity to create and to score goals.

"They have a lot of individual quality as well and its always a tough place to play. I believe they can match us, and I think it’s a game that if we don’t play to our best, compact and not with a good balance, then we will have problems."
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Post by: whitejc on November 02, 2021, 04:44:24 PM
Barnsley FC: Fulham assistant Luís Boa Morte being considered for vacant managerial position at Oakwell
Fulham assistant coach Luis Boa Morte is one name being considered by Barnsley as a replacement for Markus Schopp.

Schopp was sacked by Barnsley on Monday after a run of seven straight defeats and with the club in the Championship relegation zone.

Boa Morte, who made over 350 appearances as a player which included spells at Fulham and West Ham United, previously managed Portugese club Sintrense.

Chris Wilder, Alex Neil and Mick McCarthy were touted as early favourites to be appointed at Oakwell by the bookmakers but Boa Morte, who was capped 28 times by Portugal, is one name believed to be under consideration.

He has also been linked with the vacant managerial positions at Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic but Fulham boss Marco Silva played down speculation relating to those clubs last week.

“Everything that can happen, like our players linked with other clubs or someone else at the club, is because you are doing something right and because you are achieving things.”

Joseph Laumann will take charge of first team affairs at the Tykes on a temporary basis, starting with tomorrow's Championship fixture against Derby County.
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Post by: whitejc on November 02, 2021, 04:45:36 PM
Tony Mowbray gives update on key Blackburn Rovers man who could miss Fulham clash

Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray could be without striker Sam Gallagher for the visit of Fulham this Wednesday.

Gallagher was forced off in the final stages of their recent 2-1 victory and Derby County could be a concern for Rovers.

The forward is already on five goals this season – Ben Brereton Diaz, Tyrhys Dolan and Gallagher have scored 84% of Blackburn’s goals this season so not having his inclusion he could be a big miss.

Following the victory against Derby, Mowbray spoke to the and was able to give an update on Gallagher,

“Sam’s a concern, undoubtedly. He played very, very well at Derby County and wouldn’t have come off had he not picked up an injury.

“If he’s not ready for Wednesday then he’ll definitely be ready for Saturday. If he is ready for Wednesday then he might not be ready for Saturday.

“We’ll wait and see and look to give Sam every chance.”

On the back of two straight wins, Blackburn are currently just one point outside the play-offs but will face a tough test against high-flying Fulham. Having scored 13 goals in their four recent wins it could cause problems to the Rovers back-line who has been hit with injuries of recent.

Mowbray was also able to give no further update on defenders Daniel Ayala and Harry Pickering who missed the game against Derby

“It’s a bit early to discuss who could come back in because nobody extra trained with the team today,” Mowbray stated.

“We didn’t have many out training on the grass and there were quite a few who sat it out.”

Mowbray will be able to give full updates on Tuesday and admits it will be a “huge day to assess his selection options.”

Blackburn are next in action this Wednesday live on the Sky cameras when they face Marco Silva’s men Fulham, they will then play hosts against Sheffield United on the weekend before the international break.
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Post by: whitejc on November 02, 2021, 04:48:54 PM
What does the future hold for Michael Hector at Fulham?

Michael Hector played a vital part in Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League during the 2019/20 campaign, but he was unable to emerge as a regular in England’s top tier.

Tosin Adarabioyo and Tim Ream have become Fulham’s ideal centre-back pairing, but the former’s red card has opened up the door.

However, it does appear that Alfie Mawson has been viewed as the club’s third choice centre-back this season, although, Michael Hector did make the bench on Saturday.

Hector is yet to play a minute in the Championship this season, with his only two appearances coming in the EFL Cup, where he helped his side to two clean sheets before they were edged out by Leeds United on penalties.

Tosin saw a red card in the closing stages of Saturday’s 3-0 victory over West Brom, for a rash tackle on Grady Diangana.

Fortunately for the 24-year-old and Fulham as a collective, no miraculous comeback came to fruition, and they comfortably saw out the 3-0 win.

Tosin’s three-game suspension could kickstart Hector’s season, but that is only if he is selected over Mawson, and then he has to hit the heights of the young defender’s recent performances.

However, it will be no surprise to see Hector depart in January. If he is deemed as fourth-choice centre-back then a move away is certainly on the cards.

The 29-year-old has become a victim of The Cottagers possessing some very strong options at the back, and unlike the majority of Championship managers this season, a three-at-the-back formation is not part of Marco Silva’s plans.

Hector’s experience, defensive competence and composure on the ball, would make him an excellent option for a Championship club in need of a starting centra-back.

If Hector is presented with another opprotntiy at Craven Cottage, then he is likely to succeed and perform well, but it does not appear that he will dethrone Tosin or Ream, when all are available.

Hector is still 29 years old and has a lot to offer at Championship level, and should he become available in January, or when his contract expires in the summer, then a lot of second-tier teams will probably be waiting.
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Post by: whitejc on November 02, 2021, 04:51:47 PM
Andy Hinchcliffe makes bold Aleksandar Mitrovic claim ahead of Fulham’s clash with Blackburn

Sky Sports Pundit Andy Hinchcliffe has admitted that he believes that Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic is one of the best players to ever feature in the Championship in his particular position.

The Serbian initially set this particular division alight during a loan spell with the Cottagers in 2018 as he scored 12 goals in 20 appearances for the club as they achieved promotion via the play-offs.

Mitrovic managed to find the back of the net on 26 occasions in 41 appearances in the second-tier during the 2019/20 campaign as Fulham once again secured a return to the Premier League following their relegation from this division.

Whilst the forward was unable to replicate his goal-scoring escapades in the top-flight last season, he has taken his game to new heights in the current campaign under the guidance of Cottagers manager Marco Silva.

In the 15 matches that he has played for Fulham in the Championship, Mitrovic has already scored 18 goals whilst he has also chipped in with three assists.

Having netted a hat-trick against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, the 27-year-old will fancy his chances of adding to his tally when Fulham head to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.

Ahead of this particular clash, Hinchcliffe has admitted that he believes that Mitrovic is one of the best players to ever feature at this level in his position.

Speaking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports EFL Podcast about Mitrovic, Hinchcliffe said: “Fulham are playing well as a team.

“They play to his strengths and he is in-front of goal in the Championship, is as good as probably we have ever seen.

“So you have to give him a huge amount of credit.

“I’m not saying that Fulham are playing in a way to just get the best out of one player, they are much more than that.

“They are a very strong team all-round.”

The Verdict

It is hard to disagree with Hinchcliffe’s comments as Mitrovic has produced a host of superb performances at Championship level during his career.

In the 101 games that he has played at this level, the forward has managed to score 60 goals whilst he has also provided 13 assists.

For Fulham’s sake, they will be hoping that Mitrovic will be able to maintain his fitness in the coming months as he is currently averaging an impressive WhoScored match rating of 7.96 in the Championship.

By continuing to deliver the goods on a consistent basis at this level, the former Newcastle United man could spearhead a push for promotion at Craven Cottage.
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Post by: whitejc on November 02, 2021, 04:52:30 PM
Boa Morte in Barnsley running

Barnsley are considering Fulham assistant manager Luis Boa Morte as a possible successor to Marcus Schopp, according to reports this morning.

Schopp was sacked yesterday with the Tykes in the Championship relegation zone following seven successive defeats. Boa Morte, who has been linked with the vacancies at Cardiff and Charlton Athletic in the past week, has been Marco Silva’s number two at Craven Cottage since the summer having spent six years with the Whites as a player.

The 44 year-old is reportedly keen to become a manager in his own right, having briefly managed Portuguese third tier side Sintrense. The Yorkshire Post reports that Boa Morte is one name under consideration at Oakwell as Barnsley, who are the next visitors to SW6 after the international break, seek a swift appointment with assistant manager Joseph Laumann in interim charge for tomorrow’s meeting with fellow strugglers Derby County.
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Post by: whitejc on November 02, 2021, 04:54:44 PM
Fulham away tickets pushed back

Tickets for the Cherries’ away match at Fulham next month will now go on sale a week later than anticipated on Wednesday 10th November at 10am.

The delay comes because the ticket office at Vitality Stadium has yet to fully receive the information required for the on sale.

The Championship match at Craven Cottage will be televised live on Sky Sports on Friday 3rd December with a 7.45pm kick-off in west London.

Full ticket details for the fixture will be made available in the coming days.
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Post by: whitejc on November 02, 2021, 04:56:29 PM
Blackburn Rovers' Tayo Edun felt time was right to leave Fulham

Tayo Edun believes the upward trajectory of his career justified his decision to leave tomorrow night’s opponents Fulham after a decade with the club.

 Edun will make his eighth Rovers appearance against his former employers, moving ahead of the number he made during his time at Craven Cottage having signed as a schoolboy.

The 23-year-old earned England Under-19 honours and made seven appearances for Fulham before departing in January 2020 but his ambition has always been to get back to playing at the highest level possible.

He feels a move to Rovers has allowed him to do that, with Edun having made a promising start to his Ewood Park career.

He first came to Tony Mowbray’s attention during an Under-23s clash at Leyland where Edun was locked in a midfield battle with Lewis Travis in 2017, but it’s at left back that he’s set to line up against free-scoring Fulham.

“I signed when I was just starting secondary school, and I left at 21,” Edun said of his time with the Cottagers.

“I felt like I was getting to the age where I hadn’t had enough first-team exposure.

“That’s really what I was desperate for when I left Fulham and I felt it was the right time and it’s turned out to be the right decision for me.

“Even going to Lincoln I always said that I wanted to be back in the Championship as soon as possible. Being here now it’s about proving that I am ready for this level and being ready to kick on.”

Edun also scored against Rovers on the opening day of the 2017/18 season during his time with Ipswich Town, where he also made seven appearances.

Fulham arrive at Ewood second in the table and averaging over two goals a game. Star man Aleksandar Mitrovic has found the net eight times in his last four games to take his tally to 18, and Edun says Rovers are well aware of the challenge they face and ready to meet it head on.

He added: “I feel you know what to expect from Fulham, some good players on the ball from back to front and they manage the ball well and create a lot of chances.

 “It’s a different type of football to the Premier League, they have had to make some adjustments, but you know they’re going to be a solid team and we have to be prepared for that.

“It’s the challenge we need to be ready for if we’re going to compete this season and we need to be on the front foot.

“It won’t define our season, but if we can go and challenge Fulham then I’m sure it will give us a lot of confidence against other teams.”

Victory over Derby County made it back-to-back wins for only the second time in 2021 for Rovers who remain in top six contention a third of the way through the season.

Edun feels there are lessons to learn from the second half at Pride Park where they almost let another two-goal lead slip, but saw plenty of positive signs from the first half display.

“We’re happy, two wins on the bounce now,” he said.

“First half was probably as good as we’ve been this season, from what I’ve seen, really positive but we haven’t got ahead of ourselves, the boys have been speaking of how we can see out the game better and how we could have managed that second half better, because I think there is a lot to work on from that point of view.

“It’s still early in the season so two wins can do a lot for your league position.

“We back ourselves and as you’ve seen it’s very tight, two wins have shot us right back up there. It’s about trying to keep that momentum.”
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Post by: whitejc on November 02, 2021, 04:58:22 PM
Where were Fulham at this stage of the season during their promotion-winning 2019/20 campaign?

Fulham sit in 2nd-place of the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

Marco Silva’s Fulham are on course for yet another immediate return to the Premier League. The Whites secured the same feat under Scott Parker during the 2019/20 campaign, where they finished in 4th-place and won promotion via the play-offs.

Now, 15 games into this season, how does Fulham’s season so far compare to that fateful 2019/20 campaign?

A humbling defeat v Hull City
Fulham’s 15th game of their 2019/20 season was a 3-0 defeat at home to Hull City. It was one that brought Parker’s side crashing back down to Earth and crashing out of the top-six.

The defeat left Fulham in 8th-place of the table having claimed 23 points from their opening 15 games, and having scored 22 goals.

Parker would of course guide Fulham back into the top six come the business end of the season and then overcome Brentford in a memorable play-off final.

He achieved the task at hand but couldn’t quite cut it in the Premier League, though the Fulham we’re seeing today look a much more rounded unit, and one that can tackle the top flight.

Hi Ho Silva
After 15 games of this season, Fulham sit in 2nd-place of the Championship table on 32 points – coincidentally only behind a Bournemouth side now manager by Parker.

The Whites have scored 36 goals in their opening 15 Championship clashes with Aleksandar Mitrovic having netted exactly half of those (18), and the Serb is now looking as good as he ever has done in a Fulham shirt.

Fulham are certainly on course for promotion once again but the real question remains whether or not they can eventually cut it in the Premier League.

There are definite differences to Fulham now under Silva than under Parker – previously, they looked fragile, inconsistent and often lacking in confidence but under Silva, Fulham are a team flowing with confidence, playing some of the best and most effective football on show in the Championship this season.

Up next for Fulham is a trip to Blackburn Rovers tomorrow night, where a win could bring them within two points of the unbeaten Bournemouth.
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Post by: whitejc on November 02, 2021, 05:00:52 PM
'An open game' - Marco Silva expects attacking prowess will prevail in Blackburn Rovers contest

Marco Silva has been assessing his sides chances ahead of their contest with Blackburn Rovers

Fulham manager Marco Silva is forecasting an open contest when his side travel to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers.

It's the first of an intriguing double-header in their own back yard for Rovers with Tony Mowbray's side coming into Wednesday's fixture a point adrift of the play-off places after Saturday's win over Derby County.

It was the first occasion they had recorded back-to-back victories all season but they now encounter the demanding task of stifling a Fulham side who have won their last four consecutive fixtures.

Key to their run of form has been the free-scoring presence of Aleksandar Mitrovic, the only player to have scored more in the league than Ben Brereton this season with an astonishing 18 goals, including a hat-trick at the weekend.

Silva's inherited a side with the spine of their previous promotion success still in tact and if anything, Fulham are arguably stronger now than they were two years ago.

With both sides flaunting their attacking prowess in recent weeks, Silva suspects the more clinical side will prevail.

“We are looking forward to playing against Blackburn Rovers," Silva told Fulham's club channel. "It will be a really tough game for us but we go there with full confidence that we can get the three points.

"But I know as well that the other side will be a tough team to play against in a tough place to play. They are a team with quality, the ability and capacity to score goals. I think it will be a good game, an open game.

“They are stronger at home. They are getting good results and they score in all the matches they play at home.

"They create always big, big problems for all the teams they play against as well. It will be a tough game for us. We have to be aware of their capacity to make chances. We have to be ourselves, play our game and to create chances."
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Post by: whitejc on November 02, 2021, 05:01:52 PM
Wilson feels Fulham belief growing

Harry Wilson feels Fulham are full of confidence as they prepare to travel to Blackburn tomorrow night on the back of a four-game winning run.

Marco Silva’s side hold a four point advantage over third placed West Bromwich Albion after beating the Baggies at Craven Cottage last weekend. The Welsh winger told FFCTV that victory was hugely important:

Saturday was massive. At the minute, we’re in a good place. We’re winning games, we’re scoring goals, we’re keeping clean sheets at the other end as well. Saturday was a massive game because with West Brom being the team directly below us, we knew that if we could go out there and get the three points it would open up a little gap for us. To put in the performance and get the win as convincingly as what we did, I think we put out a real statement.

The former Liverpool winger notched up his sixth assist as he produced a clever cut back for the Serbian to complete his treble on Saturday, but admitted that he has been disappointed not to add to his three Fulham goals in recent weeks:

I’m quite happy. I would have liked to get a few more goals. I think that I’ve had, I would have liked my goals return to have been a bit higher. I’m quite harsh on myself – but I feel like a couple of chances I’ve missed this season so far. I’ve just got to make sure I keep getting in those positions, improving there and helping the team.

Wilson explained that much of the confidence around the squad has been imparted by Silva himself, a key component in ensuring the 24 year-old chose Craven Cottage earlier this summer, and the head coach’s meticulous planning.

At the minute, we’ve got belief. We have all season because of the way he works, the way we build up to games and the analysis we do on the other teams. We know that we’re going into games with a definite plan. It is up to us as players to stick to that and, at the minute, it’s working because we’re on a fantastic run.

He knows that Fulham will face a tough battle at Ewood Park, with Tony Mowbray’s men boasting an impressive home record and sitting in seventh place.

It’s going to be a very tough game tomorrow night. They are on a good run at the minute off the back of a good away win at the weekend. It’s up to us to prepare right today. We’ll do our video stuff on them and make sure that we’re ready to put on a good performance tomorrow night.
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Post by: whitejc on November 02, 2021, 05:03:16 PM
Jasper earns Bulgaria U21 call up

Fulham forward Sylvester Jasper has been called up to the Bulgarian under-21 squad for the first time this afternoon.

The teenager, currently on loan at League Two Colchester United, was born in London to a Bulgarian mother. Jasper has been named in Alexander Dimitrov’s squad for two European U21 Championship qualifiers against the Netherlands on November 12 and Moldova on November 16.

The nineteen year-old left winger made his professional debut as a substitute in the 4-0 FA Cup defeat at Manchester City in January 2020. He made two further substitutes’ appearances after scoring eight goals in seventeen appearances at under 23 level and signed a three-year contract at Craven Cottage. Jasper joined Colchester on loan in August has made twelve appearances for the U’s and scored a late winner to beat Harrogate last month, which was his first senior goal.
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Post by: whitejc on November 02, 2021, 05:03:51 PM
Carvalho ‘turns down Fulham contract’

Fabio Carvalho has rejected Fulham’s offer of a new contract, according to the Sun’s Tom Barclay.

The teenage starlet has turned down what Barclay describes as ‘a substantial offer’ and further negotiations are now unlikely with Carvalho’s current deal expiring at the end of this season. Carvalho has been linked with a hosts of European clubs and the nineteen year-old has apparently been watched by representatives from at least ten Premier League sides this season.

He has just returned to Marco Silva’s squad, appearing as a late substitute in Saturday’s 3-0 win over West Brom, after missing nine matches through a combination of a toe injury and coronavirus. The attacking midfielder made five appearances under Scott Parker last season, with all of his league games coming after Fulham had been relegated from the top flight. He started the new campaign in fine form under Silva and has scored three times this term – adding a single assist.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 08:10:26 AM
‘Not too sure if he is ready’ – Fulham figure under consideration for vacant Barnsley job: The verdict

This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Luis Boa Morte is one name being considered to replace Markus Schopp in the dugout at Barnsley, according to the Yorkshire Post.

The 44-year-old is back at Fulham after spending seven years there as a player between 2000 and 2007, joining this summer as Marco Silva’s assistant.

He spent time under Silva at Everton as well but he has little experience in leading a senior team, with his only managerial job coming at Portuguese third tier side Sintrense in 2017.

Weighing up all the factors, would Boa Morte be the right fit for the struggling Tykes right now? The FLW team have had their say on the matter.

Chris Thorpe

This is one of the strangest links that I have seen to this job.

Boa Morte has little to no experience in management and is still very much cutting his teeth in coaching.

This would be a monumental step up for someone with no previous experience of managing in the Football League.

Barnsley need stability and clear leadership right now, not an appointment plucked out of a hat.

One thing that does go in his favour is that he has experience of working with young players from his time at Sporting Lisbon and Fulham, which is perhaps why his name has been thrown into the ring.

Marcus Ally

Left field, risky – sounds a bit like Barnsley to be fair.

Luis Boa Morte’s only other manager role came at a Portuguese third tier side so this would be a very interesting appointment.

Assuming there are a lot of candidates for the job at Oakwell it would be quite peculiar to see Boa Morte get the job.

There is not a big enough sample size to try and begin to judge whether this would be a good appointment, it would certainly be a massive risk given the Tykes’ position in the league table.

From a Barnsley supporters’ point of view, I would be wanting someone with a track record of keeping clubs in the second tier and competing in the top half of the division with them, not risking Championship status on someone who has never had any relevant work experience at the level. Not for me.

Billy Mulley

Luis Boa Morte is certainly making strides in his coaching career, but I am not too sure if he is ready for a task as steep as keeping Barnsley in the Championship.

There is no doubting that Boa Morte is doing all the right things to be a success in management, but I would associate him with a lower end League One vacancy at the moment.

Boa Morte was an intelligent footballer, who read the game exceptionally well, and he immediately turned to coaching as soon as his playing career was over.

He is someone who lives and breathes football, but again, I am not entirely sure that this is a role for him.

I am still undecided as to what kind of a manager Barnsley need, and whilst I believe that they need someone with experience to help them out of the rot they found themselves in, a young, progressive manager could be the best for them in the long-term, especially when considering the youthful talent they have at their disposal.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 08:11:53 AM
Player development opens the door for Leeds United to revisit exciting transfer opportunity

Fabio Carvalho has reportedly knocked back Fulham’s offer of a new contract, opening the door for Leeds United to revisit their past transfer interest.

Leeds were said to be in the race to sign Carvalho back in the summer – according to The Daily Mail, as reported by Leeds Live.

Ultimately, he remained on the books at Fulham. However, it doesn’t appear that he will be there for long.

As per Tom Barclay, Carvalho has opted to turn down a ‘sizeable’ contract offer from Fulham as his current deal edges towards its final months.

Fulham will not be making another offer to the player, which casts his short-term future into doubt and suggests that, long-term, he will be plying his trade elsewhere.

Carvalho, 19, has scored three goals and registered one assist in the Championship this season for Marco Silva.

He also made four Premier League appearances last season, scoring once for the Cottagers, who were eventually relegated.

This is a transfer that Leeds need to be exploring again in either January, or next summer.

Carvalho looks a real talent at Fulham, mixing goals, creativity and unpredictability from the No.10 position.

He’d be a great coup for Leeds and someone that’s not going to break the bank given this stand-off.

At 19, he’s got plenty of time to develop, despite already showing that he could be Pablo Hernandez’s successor at Elland Road.

Leeds still miss that touch of magic in the central areas, which Carvalho could certainly address.

You’d hope Leeds were already right on top of this development.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 08:14:27 AM
Fulham delivered blow in attempt to secure fresh contract for Liverpool, Barcelona and Real Madrid target

Talented Fulham teenager Fabio Carvalho has turned down the club’s latest attempts to extend his contract beyond the summer of 2022, according to The Sun’s Tom Barclay.

The 19-year-old made his Cottagers debut last season in the EFL Cup before making his Premier League bow with just a few games of the season to spare, netting his first goal for the club in a match against Southampton.

Carvalho emerged as a regular starter under new head coach Marco Silva at the start of the season, and he repaid the faith shown by scoring three goals in his first five Championship matches, winning the EFL’s Young Player of the Month award for his achievements.

The Portugal-born midfielder has only just returned from a foot injury and whilst he has been sidelined there has been many transfer links surrounding his name, with big guns such as Barcelona, Liverpool and Real Madrid all rumoured to be interested.

However the player and his representatives have turned down Fulham’s latest ‘sizeable’ contract offer and it has been reported by Barclay that it’s unlikely the Cottagers hierarchy will be making a fresh offer for the time being.

The Verdict

This is a big blow for Fulham’s hopes of keeping the teenager beyond the summer and they may now have to consider offers from English clubs in January.

Carvalho has only just become a regular very quickly and it’s unlikely that he will get that exposure at one of the big guns of world football despite being a clear talent.

But his head has clearly been turned at the interest and if a new contract isn’t agreed by January then overseas clubs can enter pre-contract negotiations to take him for a modest fee in the summer.

No doubt Fulham will be doing their best to convince Carvalho to remain at Craven Cottage but his mind may already be made up and the turning down of new contracts may prove that.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 08:16:43 AM
‘Don’t play him’, ‘Harvey Elliott 2.0’ – These Fulham fans left livid after latest Fabio Carvalho update

Fulham fans have been left extremely frustrated as it has emerged this evening that Fabio Carvalho has turned down a bumper new contract at the Cottagers.

Tom Barclay of The Sun has reported that a ‘massive’ deal was on the table for the 19-year-old, but he has turned it down and there’s seemingly no sign of Fulham coming back to the negotiations any time soon.

It’s even been suggested that the Championship high-flyers could cash in on the teenager during the January transfer window in two months time, although overseas clubs can approach for Carvalho on a pre-contract agreement for a minimal fee when 2022 arrives.

Carvalho burst onto the scene last season after signing professional terms, but it was only at the end of the campaign when Fulham were destined for the drop from the Premier League where he was given minutes.

The Portugal-born attacking midfielder scored his first goal against Southampton back in May and when Marco Silva was appointed as the head coach to replace Scott Parker at Craven Cottage he immediately threw Carvalho into his starting 11 at the beginning of the current campaign.

Carvalho ended the month of August with three Championship goals in five appearances and with his contract situation made public, more and more names started to be linked with his signature.

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Leeds United and others have all been touted as potential destinations for the youngster, whose head seems to have been turned with the growing interest, and Fulham fans reacting to the news on social media are understandably furious and some even want him to be banished back to the under-23’s.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 08:17:45 AM
'They can match us' - Fulham boss wary of Blackburn Rovers

Marco Silva believes Fulham will have to be at their best tomorrow night, saying of Rovers: ‘they can match us’.

 Fulham have been in fine form with four successive wins, and 10 in their 15 league games so far, to pull clear in the automatic promotion places.

Key to that is Aleksandar Mitrovic who has scored 18 times, including eight in his last four outings, with Fulham averaging more than two goals a game.

Rovers are fifth in the division’s scoring charts, and with good recent form at Ewood Park, leaving Silva in no doubt that Tony Mowbray’s side will pose a test.

And that’s why the Fulham head coach knows his side will need to come up with the right balance to their play to come out on top.

He said: “I expect it to be a tough, a very tough game.

“If you look and you analyse them, they score a lot of goals at home. If you look at the number of goals that they have scored, they are very close to the teams at the top of the table, which means that they have the capacity to create and to score goals.

“They have a lot of individual quality as well and its always a tough place to play.

“I believe they can match us, and I think it’s a game that if we don’t play to our best, compact and not with a good balance, then we will have problems.”

Victory over West Brom on Saturday, courtesy of a Mitrovic hat-trick, moved them four points clear of the third-placed Baggies.

Bournemouth, unbeaten in their opening 15 games, lead the way by five points, but Silva is preferring to focus on results, rather than league standings.

He added: "We don’t look at our position in the table. We know that the position we are in will just be a consequence of our results, I know all the managers can say the same but that’s all our team must do. Our job is always to prepare the team in the right way."
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 08:19:23 AM
Cairney starts: The predicted Fulham XI to face Blackburn on Wednesday

Saturday’s 3-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion could end up being a pivotal moment for Fulham in the race for the automatic promotion places.

An Aleksandar Mitrovic hat-trick helped Marco Silva’s side take all three points against promotion rivals Albion at Craven Cottage – securing a fifth win in six games for the hosts and stretching their cushion over third to four points.

Tomorrow evening they’re back on the road as they travel to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers, who have built up some momentum of their own by beating Reading and Derby County in their last two matches.

Tony Mowbray’s side know how to make it difficult for opposition sides and have players that can hurt Fulham, so Silva will want to make sure he takes no chances with his selection.

With that in mind, we’ve outlined the starting XI we expect to see him name against Rovers…


Marek Rodak has started Fulham’s last four Championship games – keeping three clean sheets and conceding just one goal in that time – and looks likely to reprise his role tomorrow.

Ahead of him there will have to be a change, however, as Tosin Adarabioyo was shown a straight red card against West Brom and faces a subsequent three-game suspension.

Michael Hector has been the backup centre-back named on the bench in recent weeks, so looks the most likely to step in and partner Tim Ream.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 08:22:05 AM
Southampton amongst clubs set to be alerted by Fulham development as January blow in the pipeline

Fulham might be forced to cash-in on Fabio Carvalho in the January transfer window after the teenager knocked back the Cottagers’ offer of a new contract.

Carvalho’s current terms at Craven Cottage will expire in the summer and Fulham have been working hard to strike a new agreement with their playmaker.

However, as per a report in The Sun, Carvalho has knocked back a ‘massive’ package to commit to the club, who will now not put another offer in-front of the 19-year-old.

It’s claimed that Fulham may now look to sell Carvalho and cash-in during the January transfer window.

Previously, it had been reported by TEAMtalk that Southampton were amongst a host of clubs interested in signing Carvalho. They have been tracking him for a number of months and are hoping to prey on his contract situation.

Carvalho has made six appearances in the Championship this season, scoring three goals and registering one assist for Marco Silva’s side.

Although not a frontline part of Silva’s promotion push, he’s still played 412 minutes of Championship football and started on five occasions.

His three goals came in consecutive fixtures against Huddersfield Town, Millwall and Hull City back in August.

The Verdict

Fulham’s eventual loss is going to be someone’s gain here. Carvalho is a top talent and he’s not going to cost a fortune taking this update into consideration.

There are some high-profile clubs in pursuit of his signature, but Southampton appear to have been on top of this for some time.

They are looking to evolve their squad after a couple of key departures back in the summer and this would be an exciting, vibrant addition.

It’ll be interesting to see if they act in January.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 08:23:19 AM
Leeds, West Ham set to pounce as exciting Champ star snubs generous new deal

Leeds United and West Ham have seemingly been put on red alert after one of the Championship’s hottest young talents, Fabio Carvalho, reportedly snubbed the offer of a new contract.

Carvalho has been pulling up trees with his performances for Marco Silva’s side this season. With three goals in six Championship appearances this season, it’s easy to see why the 19-year-old is a player in demand.

But with just six months left on his deal come January, Fulham may have little choice but to cash in.

The 19-year-old’s representatives have been locked in talks with the Cottagers for some time. However, The Sun now reports that their latest offer has been shunned, making his sale look all the more likely.

Fulham’s latest offer was noted to be extremely generous and while they look unlikely to raise it further, it will be left on the table. But should no agreement be reached before the winter window opens, the Cottagers may have little option but to cash in.

Indeed, the paper claims that chase is being led by both Leeds and West Ham. The pair are understood to be keeping a close watch on Carvalho‘s progress.

However, they are not alone in their pursuit with our exclusive last month detailing interest from Southampton.

Indeed, The Sun suggests there is also interest from Real Madrid, who are also pondering an approach.

Silva urges Cavalho to stay

Silva urged Carvalho last month to make a decision on his future so as not to impact his progress.

The Portuguese said: “He has to decide what he wants for his future as soon as possible. It’s important now not to disturb himself during this period.

“I hope those who are advising him advise him in the right way.”

The winger, who has a Portuguese father and was born in Lisbon, has been capped by England at youth level.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 08:25:04 AM
West Ham could sign 'incredible' Fabio Carvalho from London club for absolutely nothing

West Ham could now sign David Moyes target Fabio Carvalho after he turned down a new contract offer from Fulham and is now likely to leave Craven Cottage on a free transfer in the summer.

The Daily Mail recently claimed that Hammers boss David Moyes wants to bring the special 19-year-old to the London Stadium.

Moyes has always said that he wants to bring talented young British players to West Ham.

And Carvalho fits into that category.

The attacking midfielder has six caps to his name for England’s U-18s already.

West Ham could sign Fabio Carvalho
The Sun claims that the teenager has rejected the offer of a new deal to remain at Craven Cottage and will now most likely leave the west London outfit for nothing in the summer.

Now, West Ham will undoubtedly be monitoring his situation. With Andriy Yarmolenko set to leave in the summer and Manuel Lanzini facing an uncertain future at the London Stadium, the addition of another attacking midfielder could very well be needed.

And Carvalho would be an exceptional addition for the Hammers. What a star he is!

Football League World describe him as an incredible talent.

Carvalho has racked up 33 goals and 19 assists in 82 games for Fulham’s youth teams (Transfermarkt).

He has made a huge impression for the senior team as well with four goals and one assist in 12 games.

The teenager really is an incredibly gifted player. He has dazzled with his precocity over the past year or so. The Fulham ace can play anywhere along the front-line and would be a huge coup for West Ham.

There is one very big problem, however. Real Madrid are chasing his services as well.

So whether the Hammers are able to beat Los Blancos to the teenage whiz-kid’s signature remains to be seen.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 08:27:12 AM
Southampton handed massive boost in transfer race to sign wonderkid wanted by Leeds United

The 19-year-old midfielder is said to have rejected Fulham's efforts to tie him down to a new long-term deal at Craven Cottage, alerting a number of Premier League clubs to his availability

Southampton have been handed an almighty boost in the race to sign Championship teenager Fabio Carvalho.

The Fulham academy graduate, 19, has started the new season in hot form by scoring three goals in just over 400 minutes of action.

His name my be familiar to Saints fans after finding the net for the Cottagers last term at St Mary's, despite seeing his side fall to a defeat against Ralph Hasenhuttl's side.

And now he has found himself linked with Southampton who are said to be monitoring his situation as Fulham pushed hard to convince the teenager to stay in West London.

However, according to a fresh report by SunSport, Carvalho has now turned down that contract offer and plans to depart the club at the end of his current contract.

That will see the England youth star become a free agent in just over six months' time as Leeds United and West Ham circle.

As per the The Athletic, another improved offer from Fulham is said to be unlikely with the club now well aware that the fast-approaching January transfer window could well be their last chance to cash in on the talented midfielder.

Speaking about Carvlaho's contract situation, manager Marco Silva last month urged the player's representatives to "stay on the same page" as the club when it came to their hopes of striking a deal for him to stay at Craven Cottage.

His current contract will expire during the summer of 2022, meaning he can be signed for the price of a compensation fee, similar to the deal that saw Thierry Small swap Everton for Southampton earlier this season.

"That is something for inside our football club. I won't be updating at each step. We will only say something when we have something official," said Silva as he remained coy over Carvalho's future.

"Fabio is the same as at the beginning of the season. He is the same boy, a young player hungry to play and happy to work at Fulham every single day.

"All the speculation is for him, of course with my and our support, to deal with because he's a professional player. If there is speculation around him, that means that he's doing something well that provoked this speculation.

"I don't know what's happening off the training ground on a daily basis, with those advising him, but I hope everyone stays on the same page and that everyone really advises him in the right way - because he's a young player who deserves and needs it, and who we are supporting."
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 10:34:49 AM
3 celebrities who support Fulham – Did you know this?

Fulham are currently well on their way to getting back into the Premier League at the first time of asking after starting the season well in the Sky Bet Championship.

The West London side currently occupy second place in the league standings and are hot on the tails of the currently unbeaten leaders, Bournemouth.

Marco Silva has had an almost ideal start to his tenure at Craven Cottage and is sure to have been pleased with the performances that his side have put in since he took on the job over the summer.

The fans have certainly been enjoying themselves as well this term, with there also being a few famous faces in the stands over the past few months.

Here, we take you through THREE celebrities who support Fulham…

Nigel Havers
Best known for his work as an actor and presenter, Havers has been a fan of the Whites for many years and has been seen at Craven Cottage from time to time.

His role in the British film Chariots of Fire earned him a BAFTA nomination, whilst he has also featured in Empire of the Sun and Passage to India.

As for television, Havers has been seen on the comedy show Don’t Wait Up and Coronation Street.

He is also the godfather of the popular comedian Jack Whitehall.

Richard Osman
The creator and the co-presenter of the quiz show, Pointless, Osman is an avid Fulham fan.

He has also presented various quiz shows including Two Tribes and Richard Osman’s House of Games.

His reputation for being a great panel show member has gone from strength to strength over the years thanks to his appearances on Would I Lie to You? and Have I Got News for You.

Osman has been a season ticket holder at Craven Cottage for many years.

Georgie Thompson
Thompson is best known for being a former presenter on Sky Sports News and is a well known Fulham supporter.

Alongside presenting the main news show for Sky, she also covered major sporting events including the US Open, the 2011 Wimbledon Championships and numerous car racing events.

She then went on to become one of the new presenters on BBC Radio 5 Live’s comedy show Fighting Talk alongside comedian Josh Widdicombe.

Thompson also famously dated Declan Donnelly, one half of the presenting duo Ant and Dec.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 10:36:23 AM
Mowbray sets out how Blackburn Rovers will approach Fulham test

Tony Mowbray says Rovers cannot allow free-scoring Fulham to have things their own way as he looks to strike the right balance in a bid to topple the promotion-chasers.

 Fulham arrive at Ewood having won 10 of their 15 games, scoring 36 goals in the process, half of them from prolific striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Rovers’ task isn’t insurmountable though, Fulham having lost three times, and they are yet to win any match in which they have scored two goals or fewer.

Mowbray’s side, who could be without first-team regulars Ryan Nyambe, Daniel Ayala, Harry Pickering and Sam Gallagher, have picked up back-to-back wins themselves and have tasted defeat at home only once in their last 10 matches.

They have also been among the goals themselves, scoring at least twice in six of their seven home games and 28 in their last 10 Ewood fixtures.

“When you play against quality teams you have to be careful of them coming to your pitch and letting them just do what they want and play too deep and let them have the ball,” Mowbray said of the approach.

“I’m sure they’ve watched us and won’t expect us to let them just totally dominate the football match, yet the danger is we’re too positive and they play through it and they get their top scoring striker into the box because they have played through our strikers and our midfield players and the front press.

“There’s the danger. The conundrum for us is how hard we press, or do we sit and try and stop the top scorer in the league and have lots of bodies around him. Hopefully we get the balance right.

“We’ll try and be positive at home as always, high quality can push you back and you have to work hard and we have to try and score on transition and we’ll see how the game unfolds.”

Fulham trail unbeaten league leaders Bournemouth by five points and were beaten 4-1 by Coventry City on their travels last month.

They have since responded with four successive wins, with 13 goals scored and only one conceded, but Mowbray doesn’t see Rovers’ task as insurmountable.

 “Fulham have been up and down, it’s not as if they’re invincible,” he added.

“They have lost football matches this year, so it gives you a mindset that you know if you play well and at the maximum we can get something from them.

“They’re second in the league but they are beatable, as Coventry showed, yet the next away game they went and beat Nottingham Forest 4-0.”
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 10:38:46 AM
Blackburn Matchday Preview

Blackburn Rovers v Fulham | Wednesday 3rd November | 7.45pm | Ewood Park | #BLAFUL

The opposition

    Rovers have found consistency quite hard to come by this season, winning six, drawing five, and losing four of their opening 15 outings.
    That said, they have managed to string consecutive wins together for the first time this season in their last two games, following up a 2-0 victory over Reading at Ewood Park with a narrow 2-1 success in Derby at the weekend to move seventh in the table.
    Aleksandar Mitrović aside, Blackburn boast the Championship’s top scorer in Ben Brereton Diaz, who has 12 goals to his name. Brereton Diaz’s international story is a truly remarkable one, with a fan noticing he was eligible to represent Chile while playing Football Manager, and a subsequent campaign being launched for him to get a call-up. Since then, the forward has scored three times in eight appearances for the country of his mother’s birth.

Blackburn team news

Sam Gallagher will need to be assessed after coming off injured against Derby County, though Ryan Nyambe could return. Calf injuries continue to rule out Daniel Ayala and Harry Pickering.

Fulham team news

Tosin serves the first of a three-game ban, while we will also be without Ivan Cavaleiro, Nathaniel Chalobah and Tyrese Francois.


Advance tickets are no longer available to purchase, but fans will be able to buy tickets on the night from the Away Ticket Office at the Darwen End, with no price increase.


It will be dry but chilly in Blackburn, with temperatures around six degrees at kick-off.


As this match is being shown on Sky Sports, we are not permitted to stream it. Live commentary will be available on FFCtv, though.

Player insight

Harry Wilson knows Fulham will be in for a battle as we aim to make it five wins on the spin.

“It’s going to be a very tough game,” he told FFCtv. “They’re on a good run at the minute off the back of a good away win at the weekend, so it’s up to us to prepare right and go up there ready to put in a good performance.”


Blackburn: LDLWW

Fulham: LWWWW

Pre-match quotes

“I’ve said for a long, long time, I think our team can beat anyone at home, and the test is coming with Fulham and Sheffield United back-to-back.”

Tony Mowbray
Blackburn Rovers Manager

“They have a lot of individual quality and it's always a tough place to play. I believe they can match us, and I think it’s a game that if we don’t play to our best, compact and not with a good balance, then we will have problems.”

Marco Silva
Fulham Head Coach
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 10:40:17 AM
What does the future hold for Fabio Carvalho at Fulham?

Fulham midfielder Fabio Carvalho has had a lot of speculation swirl around his head of late and it appears that things are only actually going to increase ahead of the January window in a couple of months.

The attacking midfielder started this season in the Sky Bet Championship well and looked as though he could be a key component for Fulham in terms of their promotion challenge.

Injuries and illness have stunted things for him in the weeks since, however, and instead we’ve seen more headlines concerning off-field matters and his future generated compared to anything he has done on the pitch.

A player of his talent and potential is naturally going to attract interest and, with his contract running down at the end of this season, Fulham were always at risk of losing the player on the cheap – something that now looks a particularly stark possibility.

The Sun has reported this week that the player has rejected the club’s latest offer – described as ‘massive’ by Craven Cottage sources – and he could now leave as early as January with the Whites reportedly now resigned to losing him.

Where he ends up should he leave SW6 is anyone’s guess, meanwhile.

The likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona have been linked with him considerably since the summer whilst this site has been told that Liverpool and Southampton are among those closer to home that have shown an interest in potentially signing him.

Clearly, his future is now very much up in the air after this latest contract rejection and it now seems to be all about which possible destination makes him an offer that he, and his advisors, deem good enough.

Of course, u-turns can happen and Carvalho’s exit is not a done deal yet, but it has been heading in this direction for some time and you have to imagine the likeliest scenario is a when and not an if in terms of his departure now.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 10:41:29 AM
Blackburn Rovers team news emerges ahead of Fulham test – three players doubtful
Blackburn Rovers welcome Fulham in the Championship this evening.

Marco Silva takes his Fulham side to Ewood Park tonight, as he looks to close the gap on unbeaten league leaders Bournemouth.

The Whites sit in 2nd-place ahead of tonight and Rovers in 9th after back-to-back wins in the Championship, against Reading and Derby County respectively.

Fulham meanwhile have won their last four, scoring 13 and conceding just once in those four as well, with star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic now on 18 Championship gols for the season after his hat-trick v West Brom last time out.

A tough game for Tony Mowbray’s side tonight, and he could be without a number of players.

As per, Harry Pickering (calf), Daniel Ayala (calf) and Ryan Nyambe (hamstring) are all ‘doubts’ for tonight’s game after all three missed out on the weekend win at Pride Park owing to injury.

Elsewhere, Bradley Dack remains a long-term absentee with a knee injury.

The same report from goes on to reveal how Tayo Edun is ‘expected to keep his place’ on the left side of defence and that Brighton loanee Jan Paul van Hecke is also likely to keep his place in the middle of defence.

Pickering, Ayala and Nyambe are all defensive injuries for Rovers and so it could mean that Mowbray is forced to field a somewhat makeshift defence in the coming weeks.

Nevertheless, his side continue to prove prolific in attack with Ben Brereton Diaz now on 12 Championship goals for the season – the second-highest scorer in the division behind Mitrovic.

Rovers will need to be at their very best to keep the Serbian striker at bay tonight, and to also breach the Fulham defence. But it has been done this season – Fulham have picked up some sloppy defeats against the likes of Reading and Blackpool and so the trip to Ewood Park tonight will also be a test of their mettle.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 10:42:42 AM
Real Madrid-linked Fabio Carvalho 'turns down Fulham offer'

 Fulham have reportedly been dealt a blow in their efforts to retain the services of youngster Fabio Carvalho.

The 19-year-old starred for the Cottagers during the early weeks of the season, contributing three goals and an assist in five Championship appearances.

However, at a time when he has less than a year remaining on his contract, speculation persists that Real Madrid are keen on signing the prospect in 2022.

According to The Sun, Fulham have offered Carvalho a "massive" long-term deal to continue his development in West London.

As it stands, that proposal has been turned down, and the second-tier side currently have no plans to put together another offer.

If Carvalho reaches January without penning fresh terms, Real Madrid or other foreign clubs will be in a position to hold formal discussions with the England Under-18 international.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 10:45:22 AM
Fabio Carvalho could follow Joe Gelhardt example at Leeds United as he rejects Fulham contract

Carvalho was linked with a move to Elland Road in the summer and has rejected Fulham's latest contract offer

Leeds United were one of a number of clubs that were linked with a summer move for teenaged Fulham midfielder Fabio Carvalho.

According to the MailOnline, Leeds, West Ham United, Norwich City and Porto were all credited with an interest in signing Carvalho earlier this year following his breakthrough into the Fulham first team.

And with the Sun now reporting that the 19-year-old has rejected a sizeable contract offer from the Cottagers, the Whites have received a boost in their potential pursuit of the attacking midfielder.

Carvalho’s contract at Craven Cottage is set to expire at the end of the season and with Fulham now unlikely to return with another offer, Leeds could pounce in January for what could be a cut price deal.

After shining in Premier League Two with 11 goals and six assists in just 13 appearances, former Fulham boss Scott Parker handed him his opportunity in the first team at the back end of last season.

It did not take Carvalho long to make an impact either as he netted a goal on his debut in a 3-1 defeat to Southampton at St. Mary’s.

Despite Parker’s departure, Carvalho has managed to take last season’s fine form into the new campaign under Marco Silva in the Championship.

He scored three goals and provided one assist in Fulham’s opening five matches of the season until a combination of injury and Covid-19 halted his momentum.

Carvalho finally returned to the field as a late substitute at the weekend against West Bromwich Albion but after his rejection of a new deal, it remains to be seen how Silva uses him from now until January.

With a number of clubs now likely to be on red alert regarding his situation, Carvalho will have a big decision to make on his next move with several variables to consider.

It is clear that the England youth international is keen to play top-flight football again but after his taste of first team action in West London, it is likely he would want to go to a club who can provide him minutes in senior football.

 Taking those factors into consideration, then Leeds could just be the perfect destination for him, with the likes of Joe Gelhardt, Crysencio Summerville and most recently Cody Drameh prime examples of that.

While the trio have had to bide their time for first team football, all three are now options that Marcelo Bielsa is happy to use from the bench and in the coming weeks they will be hopeful a Premier League start is not too far away.

But where Carvalho has a slight head start is the impact he has already made in senior football, suggesting he is a player that can come in and hit the ground running almost straight away.

Another reason a move to Leeds could be the most appealing is the lack of out and out number 10 in the squad.

Rodrigo is the preferred option in that area at the moment, but he was almost certainly brought to the club last summer to compete with Patrick Bamford up front.

Fellow interested side West Ham on the other hand boast an abundance of talent in that area of the field, with Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma, Nikola Vlasic and Manuel Lanzini all options at David Moyes’ disposal.

Although the prospect of moving to a European giant like Real Madrid, who are also reportedly monitoring the situation maybe tempting, the lure of Premier League football and a clear pathway to the first team could make Leeds the most appealing destination for Carvalho at this stage of his career.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 11:16:45 AM
Szmodics Hoping To Take Positives Into Fulham Fixture

Sammie Szmodics insists Posh are hard to beat at home ahead of another big Championship clash on Saturday.

Sponsors Man of the Match heaps praise on others after hard fought draw with Huddersfield Town.

“I don’t know who was voting for the Man of the Match, but I will definitely take it,” said a modest Sammie Szmodics after Peterborough United fought back from a goal down to earn a point against an in-form Huddersfield Town side at the Weston Homes Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Szmodics was once again full of running and it is that effort and commitment that played a big part in the team recording another point on the board. It was Jonson Clarke-Harris who earned that share of the spoils in the final 10 minutes after Danny Ward had converted from close-range for the Terriers as Posh struggled to clear a set-piece.

“We know that we have conceded another sloppy set-piece goal, but we have bounced back at home again and a point is big in the Championship,” Szmodics said. “We have a bite in our home games, we know that we are hard to beat. Jonson Clarke-Harris is a handful and he helped change the game and he definitely deserved his goal.

“I always give 100 per cent in games, maybe that is what the sponsors spot (in terms of his man of the match award), there were others maybe who I felt should have got it, but I will take it. It is hard at this level to score goals and create goals, I just make sure that I work hard for the team and hopefully that helps.

“We grinded out the result. I think the first half was okay, we were better in the second half. The press was right. We take the point and move forward to another massive game on Saturday against Fulham. Our home record has been excellent, we know that we have to sort out the away form and I am sure that is in hand.

“For me personally, it is great to be playing in the Championship. The birth of my daughter meant I missed three games and it was hard to get back in and when Jonson picked up his suspension, I had to adapt a little bit in terms of the position I was playing, but it was the same for Siriki Dembele as well. We are not number nines, but we did the job for the team, now we have our number nine back and you can see what a handful he is,” Szmodics said.

Tickets for Saturday’s game against Fulham are available at and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office. Fulham have already sold over 2,500 tickets for the game and will occupy the Deskgo Stand and Blocks A and B of the North Stand.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 11:20:33 AM
Blackburn Rovers predicted line-up vs Fulham as Tony Mowbray seeks Sam Gallagher alternative

Sam Gallagher is a doubt for Blackburn Rovers' clash with Fulham in the Championship

Blackburn Rovers are likely to be without Sam Gallagher for the home game with high-flying Fulham tonight and it could see John Buckley pushed further forward.

The youngster has had an impressive start to the season and his versatility is a key attribute for Tony Mowbray.

Gallagher's absence opens up the prospect of Buckley playing in front of Ryan Nyambe as a wide attacker alongside the prolific Ben Brereton and the prodigious Tyrhys Dolan.

Joe Rothwell is another who could move wide if Nyambe isn't risked with Mowbray having praised Buckley's ability on the right side of defence.

Rovers welcome the Cottagers on the back of a weekend win at Derby County and could climb into the top six if they were to inflict a fourth defeat of the Championship campaign on their visitors.

Defensive duo Harry Pickering and Daniel Ayala are out injured and Mowbray could turn to a number of his youngsters to fill the bench.

Joe Rankin-Costello made his return from six months out at Derby although he was unused sub while the likes of Dan Butterworth and Hayden Carter could be involved in the squad.

Predicted Rovers line-up: (4-3-3) Kaminski, Nyambe, Lenihan, Van Hecke, Edun; Johnson, Travis, Rothwell; Dolan, Brereton, Buckley

Rovers old boy Tom Cairney is set to feature for Fulham with their boss Marco Silva anticipating a difficult trip to Ewood Park.

"I expect it to be a tough, a very tough game," he said.

"If you look and you analyse them, they score a lot of goals at home. If you look at the number of goals that they have scored, they are very close to the teams at the top of the table, which means that they have the capacity to create and to score goals.

"They have a lot of individual quality as well and it's always a tough place to play. I believe they can match us, and I think it’s a game that if we don’t play to our best, compact and not with a good balance, then we will have problems."
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 04:51:18 PM
Virals: Liverpool ‘in the frame’ to sign Fulham starlet Fabio Carvalho

Liverpool are reportedly ‘in the frame’ to sign Fulham wonderkid Fabio Carvalho.

The Reds have once again been named among the suitors alongside Southampton after the 19-year-old rejected a new contract at Craven Cottage.

Born in Portugal, Carvalho has represented England at various youth levels and looks to have a bright future.

The playmaker has seemingly set his stall out regarding his future and journalist for The Athletic, Peter Rutzler, has claimed the teenager is destined to move on to pastures new.

Now, according to a fresh report from Football League World, Liverpool are hoping to steal yet another talented youngster off Fulham having signed Harvey Elliott in 2019.

Prior to injury and fitness concerns, the starlet described as ‘fantastic’ by Marco Silva, had scored three times and registered one assist in the opening five Championship fixtures.


Carvalho is already showing promising signs of being a player ready to make a breakthrough at the very top level.

Albeit predominantly an attacking midfielder from central positions, the teen sensational is equally adept in a variety of roles across the pitch.

Boasting strong key passing, dribbling and finishing ability (Sofascore), the opportunity to sign Carvalho for free at the end of the season shouldn’t pass Liverpool by.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 04:53:09 PM
Ex-Blackburn Rovers, Fulham star Damien Duff lands first managerial role

Damien Duff, formerly of Blackburn Rovers and Fulham, has landed his first senior management role with Irish outfit Shelbourne.

42-year-old Damien Duff has spent time working as a youth coach and assistant manager since his retirement in 2014, spending time with Shamrock Rovers, Celtic, the Republic of Ireland and most recently, Shelbourne.

Now, after around a year-and-a-half as a youth coach with Shelbourne, the club have confirmed his appointment as first-team head coach.

As confirmed on the club’s official website, former Blackburn Rovers and Fulham star Duff takes over ahead of the 2022 Premier Division following the departure of Ian Morris last month.

Playing pedigree
The Ballyboden-born coach heads into his first foray into senior management with an esteemed playing career behind him.

After starting out in St. Kevins Boys’ youth academy, Duff joined Blackburn Rovers in 1995. He would remain at Ewood Park for eight years, playing 157 times after working his way through the youth ranks. He chipped in with 26 goals and four assists before being snapped up by Chelsea in 2003.

A three-year stint at Chelsea saw him play 125 times, winning the Premier League twice before departing for Newcastle United.

Duff remained with the Magpies for three years before switching to Fulham, where he would stay for the next five years. With the Cottagers, the winger played 173 times, the most appearances he made for a single club across his career. In the process, he scored 22 goals and laid on 30 assists.

He then rounded off a successful career with stints at Melbourne City and Shamrock Rovers before entering coaching.

A new challenge
As he steps into first-team management for the first time, Damien Duff will have the backing of Blackburn Rovers, Fulham and plenty of other supporters.

It will be interesting to see how he fares with Shelbourne as he enters the next stage of his career in football.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 04:55:06 PM Maldini sensing an opportunity as Fulham sensation rejects ‘huge’ new deal

AC Milan are interested in signing Fulham playmaker Fabio Carvalho as he continues to reject a contract extension, according to a report.

A report from – who cite The Sun – claims that Carvalho has refused an offer defined as ‘huge’ for the renewal of his contract, which is expiring in June 2022. That is why Fulham might try to monetise his sale in the winter transfer window, the Italian source claims.

The Portuguese teenager has ended up on the radar of Milan given that Geoffrey Moncada and the scouting department are always scouring the market for young talent, but Real Madrid have also taken note of the fact he has scored three goals in six Championship games for Cottagers.

The Rossoneri are following him closely, while manager Marco Silva gave him an ultimatum: “He must decide as soon as possible what he wants for his future, but now it is important not to disturb him in this period. I hope that those around him will advise him in the right way.”

The report concludes my confirming that Carvalho has rejected the latest contract offer from Fulham and it will now be up to the player to decide, with Paolo Maldini in particular sensing an opportunity.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 04:57:27 PM
Fulham: Fans left furious as Fabio Carvalho contract claims emerge

Lots of Fulham fans have been left fuming at an update that has come out surrounding the future of youngster Fabio Carvalho.

The 19-year-old midfielder had shown promise when it came to being part of the Fulham side this season, managing to bag three goals in his five Championship appearances before suffering an injury that kept him out of the side for some time.

This was after showing promise last season as well, scoring 11 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions for the U23 side whilst also breaking through to the senior side and scoring a goal in the Premier League.

However, it looks as if his time at the club could be about to come to an end, with journalist Tom Barclay reporting that he has turned down a ‘sizeable contract offer’ from the club – news which left plenty of fans enraged when they saw it come across their Twitter feeds:

“This is peak Tony Khan”
“No more game time please. Off to the U18’s bench to keep the end of it warm.”
“Disappointed with him tbh. Thought he was smarter than that”
“If this is true he needs to be left out not sent to u23 or u18 sent to train at Balham common where he was found. Kick in the teeth to the club that made him and the youth coaches at Balham that got him in at fulham.”
“There genuinely is no point having an academy is there? Dembele, Elliot, Roberts, and Carvalho now. Project Fulham B team, let’s go.”
“Good riddance, hope his career goes down the toilet! youngsters never learn. Should look at what happened to sess…..”
“Really disappointing. First team football with manager who believes in him. Seems similar situation to Patrick Roberts”

With a number of clubs showing an interest in picking him up next summer when his contract expires, this puts Fulham in a rather difficult position when it comes to what they do with him in January.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 04:58:22 PM
Up next: Blackburn Rovers (a)

Four consecutive wins and comfortably consolidating second spot in the Championship means that Fulham pitch up at Ewood Park tonight in good spirits. Marco Silva’s side have responded impressively to that dismal second half surrender at Coventry before the international break, by showing glimpses of their early season flair whilst tightening up considerably at the back. Their recent revival will face a stern examination at improving Blackburn Rovers tonight, who boast an experienced manager, an impressive home record and an array of threats in their forward line.

The feelgood factor that followed Saturday lunchtime’s triumph over third-placed West Brom in the Craven Cottage sunshine has been punctured somewhat by yesterday’s news that Fabio Carvalho has rejected a ‘substantial’ contract offer from the club. The prodigiously talented teenager has admirers from across Europe as well as a clutch of Premier League clubs – and the failure to secure his long-term future since the summer hinted at this disappointing. It will be a test of Silva’s man management in how he deploys Carvalho, who clearly adds dynamism and quality to this side in the final third, for the remainder of the season.

The most pressing concern, however, ahead of tonight’s fixture is how the head coach will respond to the absence of Tosin Adarabioyo, after the defender’s needless lunch at Grady Diangana in the closing stages of the win over West Brom. He misses out on a return to Ewood Park, where he enjoyed a successful loan spell, and will be unavailable for two further matches to boot. The last time Alfie Mawson appeared in Fulham’s back four was on that awful afternoon at Coventry, whilst Michael Hector has replaced the former Swansea defender on the substitutes bench in our last two fixtures. Denis Odoi, who has filled in at right back for Kenny Tete so well in recent months, could slide across into a centre back berth – but it is probably best to leave that experiment back in 2018.

My hunch is that Hector, so commanding at the tail end of the Scott Parker promotion campaign, will get the nod alongside Tim Ream this evening. He has plenty of experience of the Championship and is most comfortable of the three in the right sided centre back slot. Hector’s only outings at club level this season have come in the League Cup and we will have to hope that his wretched start to the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, where Fulham conceded ten goals in just under four hours of football, is firmly behind him. Silva may also bring back a fit again Tete, who will provide pace and quality, at either end of the pitch to offer greater defensive solidity.

The visiting defence will need to be on their mettle because Rovers will be full of confidence themselves having won consecutive contests for the first time this season. They followed up a 2-0 win over Reading with a 2-1 win at Derby, where the in-form Ben Brereton-Diaz scored twice, to move within a whisker of the play-off places. The Chilean international, whose meteoric rise to become the toast of Santiago is one of the division’s most improbable stories, has twelve goals already this season and will be even more pivotal to the hosts’ tonight given the expected absence of Sam Gallagher.

Mowbray will also be sweating on a fitness test for Harry Pickering, who has been troubled by a calf complaint. If he fails it, Tayo Edun – who came through the Fulham academy and made seven senior appearances – should step up at left back again after his summer arrival in Lancashire from Lincoln City. Rovers will be a tough nut to crack on their home ground – they have lost just once in seven league games at Ewood Park this season – and have become more miserly at the back in recent weeks after conceding goals with an alarming regularity at the start of the campaign.

It will be interesting to see how Silva structures his side in the forward areas this evening. Both Neeskens Kebano and Harry Wilson have proved their worth as wide attacking threats in recent weeks and Bobby Decordova-Reid’s energy was demonstrably important in unsettling West Brom when Fulham were out of possession at the weekend. But there is clearly more than a sentimental case for offering Tom Cairney, who made 85 appearances in two seasons with Blackburn, a chance to return to the starting line-up this evening. He offers incisive passes, protects the ball well, and the ability to unlock a stubborn rearguard might prove invaluable. Whether he displaces a former Rovers loanee in Harrison Reed or plays in the more natural number ten position, remains to be seen.

MY FULHAM XI (4-2-3-1): Rodak; Tete, Robinson, Hector, Ream; Reed, Seri; Wilson, Kebano, Cairney; Mitrovic. Subs: Gazzaniga, Odoi, Mawson, Onomah, Decordova-Reid, Stansfield, Muniz.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 05:05:51 PM
In defence of Fábio Carvalho
After yesterday’s news that Fulham’s latest academy jewel had turned down a new contract, and the explosive fallout that followed, Jack J Collins looks at why this keeps happening to young stars at the Cottage.

There was a visceral reaction to the news yesterday that Fábio Carvalho has reportedly turned down a new contract offer from Fulham, which is understandable. Given what the Fulham fanbase has seen happen with Harvey Elliott, Moussa Dembele, Patrick Roberts, Emerson Hyndman, and so on; every youth prospect leaving for pastures new, especially those who walk away for free, feels like a body blow to the fanbase.

The first point I’d like to make is that we’re quick to jump to conclusions. Not so long ago, we were told by people involved in the negotiations that Fábio was changing agents at the end of the year, and that no decisions regarding his contract would be made until that point. We’re very much not at that point. This doesn’t really mean anything either way, but I would be surprised if any hard guarantees have been given with that all still in the balance, at this point. But enough on the logistics, let’s look at the situation in front of us.

Straight out of the blocks
Carvalho has been a revelation since he was given his chance in the first team by Scott Parker towards the back end of last season. He scored his first Premier League goal against Southampton, on his first Premier League start; before taking a leap under Marco Silva and becoming a bona-fide first-team starter at the beginning of the current season. Indeed, the first five games of the season saw him notch three goals and an assist, as he played all but 44 of 450 available minutes.

A selection of injuries and illnesses have kept him out since then, but he made his return in the last few minutes against West Brom, where the Hammersmith End belted his name pretty much every time he came into the attacking half of the pitch. There was fervour to that – his contract situation has been up in the air for a little while, and the Fulham faithful wanted him to know that he was much-loved and supported at the club where he has spent the last seven years.

So the argument is there: Why would you want to move right now when you have a place in the first team, with a coaching staff who clearly want to work with you, who speak your native Portuguese tongue, and you’re being offered a serious amount of money, especially for a youngster. Fulham are not a side who refuse to sell players, so if it comes good, then the jump up to a higher level is going to be there for you, right? As controversial as it sounds, I have a bit more sympathy for Fábio’s situation here, and I really don’t think this is all about money.

Warning signs
We’ve got to face facts at some point – Fulham have an awful track record at giving our youth team prospects minutes in the first team, especially in the Premier League. Last season, we gave just 0.3% of our minutes to academy products – Marek Rodák and Carvalho – and it’s to Rodák’s story that I look to in the reasoning as to why Fábio might be reticent to sign a new deal with the club.

Roll it back to 2019/20, and Marek Rodák was a Fulham starboy. He’d taken the goalkeeper gloves off Marcus Bettinelli, at just 22 years old, and had made the spot his own – keeping 14 clean sheets as we battled up the table, into the play-offs, and onto promotion.

He had earned his spot, and his chance, the fanbase said. So did Scott Parker. And yet, with Alphonse Areola brought in, Rodák had to settle for just two starts in the league – the first and last games of the season. Now, this isn’t saying that’s the wrong decision – Areola is a world-class goalkeeper who was imperative to pretty much all of the positives that Fulham found last year in the Premier League – but what does it say to Carvalho? Sign the contract, get us promoted, and we’ll loan in a replacement who will severely limit your minutes in the league you helped get us to?

Devil in the details
From what I’ve been able to unearth, one of the sticking points in contract negotiations has been a guarantee of minutes, especially if Fulham were to get promoted. That’s a tricky ask – you can’t really write into a contract that a player must be given a certain amount of minutes (unless it’s a loan deal, in which case you are allowed to up your fee if a certain limit isn’t reached), because that hugely undermines the manager’s decision making power and also, means that you can’t factor form into the equation. But in this case in particular, it’s important.

You can point to the fact that he’s playing this season, but Carvalho only has to look at the previous evidence in front of him to see that it’s hardly a guarantee that things will continue in the same vein. Rodák aside, you only have to look at the last few promoted seasons to see how quickly things can change at Fulham.

In 2018/19, the only regular surviving players from the play-off winning final were Mitrovic, Ream, Sessegnon and Cairney; and in 2020/21 were Reed, BDR and Cavaleiro. It’s not a great strike rate, and even the most ardent Fulham fan would struggle to tell you that it’s not a risk, with your career blooming ahead of you. Stefan Johansen, Norway captain, was cast aside in 18/19. Aleksandar Mitrovic, Championship top scorer, was cast aside in 20/21. There’s little room for sentiment here, when you look at who has found themselves looking on from the bench, or beyond.

Even this year, Tyrese François – Carvalho’s pal – started the season in the first-team picture, but with the additions of Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina on deadline day, as well as the return from injury for Tom Cairney and Harrison Reed, his opportunities have been squeezed out. We learned last month that François had turned down a new contract offer from the club, and to be quite frank, it’s hard not to think ‘fair enough’.

There is reason for the turnover of players that makes this tricky – the constant turmoil of promotion and relegation fights are not the most fertile of soil for any manager to plant the seeds of youth in. The pressure to go up, or stay up, means that many turn to experience and to proven players in order to give them the best fighting chance of staying in the job, and you can sympathise. If Marco Silva fails to get this Fulham side promoted, there will be many calling for his head – that’s the weight of expectation. But this lack of opportunities for youth prospects, and the fallout that brings, is part of that parcel.

Finding inspiration elsewhere
For Carvalho, that means one of two things if he does make the decision to leave the Cottage. He can see the route that Harvey Elliott took, and think that training every day with an elite-level club in the mould of Liverpool or Manchester City would do much and more for his development, prior to breaking into any first teams. He will look at the path carved out by Phil Foden, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and now by Cole Palmer or Curtis Jones, and think that shadowing senior players in training and learning from them, might be the best possible route for him to get to the top. Remember, this is a kid who told The Athletic that he foresees himself winning the Ballon d’Or. It might be early, but the confidence and desire to be the very best is clearly visible.

Or, he can go to a lower-tier club in the Premier League, where their league position is a little bit more stable than Fulham’s has been of late. He might look at Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace and see Ebere Eze, Michael Olise and Tyreek Mitchell in the first team picture. He might see Ben Johnson emerging at West Ham United, or Joe Gelhardt, Jamie Shackleton and Pascal Struijk at Leeds. Or he might look a little bit further afield and see what Noni Madueke is achieving at PSV Eindhoven, or Jude Bellingham at Borussia Dortmund, or Fikayo Tomori at AC Milan.

I love Fábio Carvalho. I would love to see him stay at Fulham, develop and get the minutes he desires here at the Cottage, and go on to achieve the greatness he desires within the game – leaving on hero terms, if he has to leave at all. But I can’t look at this process, look at the history, look at how things have panned out in the past, and blame him for thinking that the key to unlocking his future might lie elsewhere – and that he might be cast aside if Fulham are (as we hope) to get promoted again.

It’s a tough pill to swallow, but perhaps we have to look inwards at the club processes and structures, the pipelines between academy and first team, and the way our expectations lie in terms of signings, before we look at young players who don’t see their future here, and wish them ill for wanting away.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 05:07:38 PM
Aston Villa may live to regret this €15m transfer decision

Aston Villa were heavily linked with several midfield reinforcements throughout the summer and one of their targets has since gone on to thrive for a European giant

Aston Villa were heavily linked with several names throughout the summer but one that made a lot of sense was Fulham’s Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa.

Anguissa eventually sealed a loan move to Serie A giants Napoli and has excelled in his time there so far.

The European giants are said to be "delighted" by the impact the midfielder has made in his short spell at the club. He has made a total of nine appearances for his new team who currently sit first in the league and has contributed in a number of ways.

According to Calciomercato (via ESPN), Napoli bosses have been impressed by Anguissa’s solid performances in midfield, as he has anchored the team and allowed the attacking talents of Lorenzo Insigne and Victor Osimhen to flourish.

He has been so effective that they are apparently already eager to make his move a permanent one, with a fee of €15million (£12.8m) quoted to acquire his services.

Many Villa fans were pleading for the club to sign a midfield "enforcer" and Anguissa would have fit the mould perfectly.

He is averaging almost six progressive carries a game as well as three tackles and two interceptions. He is a well-rounded midfielder and could’ve been exactly what the current Villa midfield needed.

The hierarchy at Villa opted against further investment in this area. However, due to recent injuries to Morgan Sanson, Jacob Ramsey and several below par performances from the midfield, fans are beginning to question whether this was the right choice.

A recent survey conducted by Birmingham Live poses this exact question: “Was it a mistake for Villa not to sign an additional midfielder in the summer?”

A resounding 76.8% of voters suggested it was a mistake for Villa to pass up on players such as Cheick Doucoure, Anguissa and Boubacar Kamara, who were all heavily linked in the summer.

Villa have an array of attacking talent at their disposal but are struggling to include them all in an effective match day line-up.

The formation that would allow Villa to play the likes of Leon Bailey, Emiliano Buendia and Danny Ings all together would be the 4-2-3-1. But as the Watford game displays, Villa are left susceptible defensively due to the lack of an enforcer in midfield.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 05:09:48 PM
Tayo relishing Fulham reunion

Tayo Edun is looking forward to facing former club Fulham at Ewood Park tonight, with the deadline day signing hoping to make it a memorable reunion by helping Rovers secure a third straight league win.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 06:33:43 PM
View: West Ham should reignite interest in Fabio Carvalho after contract snub

West Ham will be on red alert after reports emerged that Fulham youngster Fabio Carvalho could leave the club in January.

The Sun reported this week that teenage sensation Carvalho could leave the Cottagers in January after rejecting yet another contract extension offers.

This time the West London outfit presented before him a “massive” deal to keep him at the club. However, the 19-year-old has turned it down.

Fulham have now given up on their hopes of persuading him to stay put. He has a contract at the club till the end of the season, and the club are now looking to sell him in January.

The news should put the Hammers on red alert as they were one of the clubs to have shown interest in him during the summer transfer window.

Must consider

Back in August, the Daily Mail reported that West Ham were interested in signing the whizkid. He was born in Portugal but moved to England at an early stage.

He rose through the club’s academy ranks, and is seen as the latest jewel to have come out of the club’s fabled academy.

Fulham cannot lose him for free next summer, and the decision to cash in on him makes sense.

He is a creative attacking midfielder with an eye for goal. At Fulham, he has proved that he is ready to take his career to the next level, and a move to the Premier League is ideal for him.

West Ham need to sign a striker, no doubt, but another attacking midfielder would be a handy addition.

On top of that, he is available at a bargain deal, and it would be wise to invest in a player who could potentially become a top-class attacking midfielder in years to come.
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Post by: whitejc on November 03, 2021, 06:48:49 PM