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General Discussion / Re: Are we 3 wins away from staying up
« Last post by Denver Fulham on Today at 12:18:32 AM »
It's impossible to state "X points will be enough" without knowing whether that includes a win over Newcastle. For the Newcastle game not to matter, we need to gain four more points on them in our next nine matches (10 for them). That's not impossible, and that's what I'd be shooting for.

Assume City is a 0. The next four are against mid-table teams we haven't seen again since they beat us with our bad initial roster. I think we need to shoot for seven points against Leeds, Villa, Wolves and Arsenal. Chelsea, unless they tail off a bit, will be difficult. Give us a 0 there. We'd be on 33 points heading into the Burnley and So'ton games. No reason to think we can't be on 37 heading to Old Trafford. Maybe they have nothing to play for, but a loss there means we'd need Newcastle to only pick up 7 points from their next 10 matches before the finale. Possible, I suppose, but feels like we need a point or three more than this to make the finale irrelevant to us.

At the very, very least, we need to be even with them heading into MD37, when we're at Old Trafford and they're home to Sheff Utd, to make sure we're not dead to them before the finale if things don't go well on MD37.

(tl;dr I think I'm saying ~39 points should be enough. Either we get there by beating Newcastle, or we accumulate that before then and it's good enough to stay ahead of someone else. Beating Burnley leaves us only one point behind them as things stand, so they're still a real target, too)
General Discussion / Re: Tuesday Fulham Stuff - 09/03/21...
« Last post by whitejc on Today at 12:18:00 AM »
The FST meets… Megalie Mendes

“Coming here, for me it’s such a different experience because I’m not used to people giving this attention to women’s football”

Having moved from playing netball and hockey in her formative years, it was time spent in Spain that made Fulham FC Women’s wingback Megalie Mendes decide that football was the one for her. With a move to England on the cards, she knew it was time to take the next step with football and after a range of trials, she found a home with the Fulham Women’s team. Board member Hayley Davinson caught up with her over Zoom to hear about how the ‘other’ Fulham team are keeping up during the lockdown, and to hear about the positive future that the women’s game is looking ahead to.

“Apart from playing football a little when I was very young, I played netball and hockey when I was at school and university [in South Africa, where she grew up] as there was a lack of interest in women’s football. There was no infrastructure, they don’t really support women’s football, and it was not a chosen school sport. I played for a year with a club but it was very disorganised”.

That all changed when she moved to Barcelona after university and discovered futsal, which quickly turned an interest in playing into a passion. Something she felt she had to pick up when eventually planning to move to London a year later, suitably helped by taking in some games at the Nou Camp.

Arriving straight off the plane and instantly looking for team trials, Fulham had piqued an interest. Originally she had thought it may have been convenient as she had just moved to Fulham, before realising training was a little further away at Motspur Park.

But, that journey came with its perks, getting to train at the incredible facilities meant getting to enjoy a lot that has been unexpected. “A lot has changed since I’ve been there, there’s been much more promotion of the women’s team by the Club… we also got invited [pre-COVID] to one of the matches by the men and we walked the pitch and got introduced to the fans at half time, it was so cool”.
It’s impossible to talk about women’s football currently and not swerve to the topic of the radically shifting attitude towards the sport, something that Megalie has been made acutely aware of, coming from a country where it hadn’t previously been quite so embraced.

“Coming here, for me it’s such a different experience because I’m not used to people giving this attention to women’s football. It was a club not in the top league but we’re playing at the same facilities as the men, like literally, it blows me away.”

That was probably most keenly felt when the mixture of support from the Fulham F.C social channels and the magic of the cup combined in November 2019 and the team played Dulwich Hamlet to a crowd of 500 people. It may have been in the hundreds, but the impact that made to playing was not forgotten. “It was a massive, massive difference, like I remember that game. All our friends came, lots of little girls came and they wanted their picture with us afterwards. It was weird for us! But it’s nice, I think it’s nice for them to see role models, just people that they can relate to.” As a female that grew up supporting the men’s team and not getting involved with playing football, I wholly concur, and it’s hard to underestimate exactly how impactful these matches and this visibility of the game is to our younger, female, Fulham fans.

Sadly, of course, the wages aren’t quite matching the men’s salaries (for now, at least) so that means that Megalie manages another challenging role, where she is the Marketing Director for a sports technology company, Playermaker. It’s something that she relishes, however, and football brings an excellent respite from. “I need it. It’s something to decompress, so I don’t always think about work. I always feel so much better. Maybe my head is all over the place when I’m going there. Once there, I really focus, and then afterwards I feel so much better.”

With a mixture that ranges from marketing professionals to teachers to school and university students, there’s a strong mix of characters in the team who are keen to harness the growth of the women’s game specific to the Fulham Women’s team, particularly as they have noticed the changes in attitudes, even within the last year or so. “Even when I’ve been chatting to my colleagues, there’s been a shift in the men’s mentality… [now it’s] ‘Yeah, I’d love to come and watch you’ – I’ve personally experienced it”.

Mainly though, they all just can’t wait to be back playing. The FA have been cagey still on what will be happening to the Women’s Leagues, and this could well mean for a second season there will be no promotions or relegations. For a team looking upwards, this is a difficult challenge but something they are keen to bounce back from, as soon as the climate allows it.
“[I hope] to be back playing and have an uninterrupted season, for people to be able to come watch our games again and to see more investment from the club to promote the female game, and of course to be back on the field with my teammates. Maybe even have a game at Craven Cottage!”

We want to tell more stories about women’s experiences of Fulham – be that players or fans, of any age and background. If you’ve got a story to tell, get in touch – we’d love to hear more.

Many thanks to Megalie for taking part in this interview. We look forward to the return of women’s football and supporting the Fulham FC Women’s team.
General Discussion / Re: Tuesday Fulham Stuff - 09/03/21...
« Last post by whitejc on Today at 12:17:16 AM »
Clint Dempsey punched through window when he was dropped for Europa League semi-final

Danny Murphy has recalled Clint Dempsey's furious reaction to learning half an hour before kick-off in the Europa League semi-final against Hamburg that he'd be on the bench

Clint Dempsey punched through a window and had shards of glass stuck in his hand after learning he wouldn't be playing in Fulham's Europa League semi-final.

That's according to Danny Murphy, who has recalled the American's furious response to Roy Hodgson picking Bobby Zamora over him.

The Whites defied all odds in 2010 to dispatch Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, Wolfsburg and Hamburg to set up a Europa League final with Atletico Madrid.

Fulham beat Hamburg over two legs in the semis and did so with a patched-up squad, with star strikers Andy Johnson out of action and Zamora nursing an injury.

Dempsey was meant to play as a makeshift striker against Hamburg, but not long before kick-off, Zamora decided that he could play.

Clint Dempsey punched through a window and had shards of glass stuck in his hand (Image: Getty Images)

This prompted manager Roy Hodgson to make a last-gasp change, and despite Dempsey's heroics in the 4-1 win over Juventus at Craven Cottage, the American was named on the bench.

The decision, which would ultimately see Zamora start in the final too, sparked a rage in Dempsey who reacted by putting his hand through a window in the Fulham dressing room.

"We were playing the semi-final, Hamburg at home and Bobby hadn't trained - he was struggling big time," former Fulham captain Murphy recalled on Sky Bet's Off The Hook with Jimmy Bullard podcast.

"So we set up the team and Clint was playing upfront because AJ was injured. Clint was upfront with [Zoltan] Gera behind him. Anyway, Bobby on the day decided he'd give it a go so Roy said, 'All right' and dropped Clint, but didn't tell him until half an hour before kick-off.

Danny Murphy played in the Europa League final (Image: REUTERS)

"So you know as you come in the dressing room, you know those little windows that are toughened in the corner? He's hit one and smashed it. He's got glass coming out of his hand, got blood going all over the dressing room. It's everywhere. They've had to pull the glass out and stitch him.

"He came in and just bang. And his hands, he had nerves and tendons hanging off and he wanted to go again. It was too much so all the staff came in, the doctor, everyone, anyway he's gone on the bench in the end.

"They ripped the glass out, sowed up the tendons, and put this big plaster cast on. So in the final we had Bobby on one leg, AJ injured and Clint carrying around a 10kg weight plaster cast."

Hodgson is recognised as Fulham's greatest manager of the modern era as he brought the club to within a touching distance of a first major trophy.

But Murphy, despite being a big fan of his former boss, believes the current Crystal Palace manager was wrong to snub the American in the way he did.

"He didn't deal with it well Roy, that's one thing he didn't deal with very well," added Murphy. "I thought he should have started him. He couldn't let Bobby say on the day that's he's ready."
General Discussion / Re: Tuesday Fulham Stuff - 09/03/21...
« Last post by whitejc on Today at 12:15:10 AM »
Fulham’s in-form defence set to test City in Gameweek 28

Liverpool 0-1 Fulham
    Goals: Mario Lemina (£4.5m)
    Assists: None
    Bonus Points: Tosin Adarabioyo (£4.5m) x3 Lemina x2 Alphonse Areola (£4.5m) x1 Joachim Andersen (£4.5m)

Seven changes, yet another pairing in central defence and a first start for Diogo Jota (£6.6m) since Gameweek 10 earned Liverpool a sixth straight home defeat, this time to Fulham.

It’s a measure of how far the Reds’ stock has fallen, both in real and Fantasy terms, that this article will now turn, for the time being at least, to Scott Parker’s side.

Mario-ed At First Sight
The game’s only goal came from the unlikely source that is Mario Lemina (£4.5m), a midfielder who averages one of those a season in English football.

He pounced on some edge-of-the-area dithering by Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) before firing across Alisson (£5.9m) and into the far corner.

The goal came on the stroke of half-time and Fulham spent most of the second half defending, some (but by no means all) of that in backs to the wall mode.

The win made it five clean sheets from seven for the Cottagers, and yet transfer interest in their defenders remains the wrong side of muted – not one of them is currently in the top 30 for Gameweek 28 purchases.

A visit from Manchester City would explain that, but Parker’s men are one of the few to have a fixture in the following Gameweek, at home to Leeds, so it might be a case of deferral rather than denial.

Despite all that recent solidity at the back, goalkeeper Alphonse Areola (£4.5m) is their most popular defensive player in FPL, with just 4.8% ownership, while the impressive skipper Joachim Andersen (£4.5m) is found in only 0.3% of squads.

Mo Salah, Mo’ Problems
Salah’s relatively early substitution in the midweek loss to Chelsea raised a few eyebrows and his blood pressure, but he played the full 90 minutes against Fulham, blanked for the fourth straight match and managed just the one attempt on target.

That validated the decision of a net 178,728 managers to sell him going into the weekend and he comfortably leads the way for Gameweek 28 transfers-out at present.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did hand the Egyptian a more central role against Fulham, with Jota in support and Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.4m) deployed more as a fourth midfielder.

But the Reds rarely got round the back of the deep-lying visitors and they failed to create a single big chance on the day.

No Case For The Defence
Aside from Salah (37.2%), the only other Liverpool players with double-digit ownership are full-backs Andy Robertson (£7.2m and 14.8%) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m and 13.7%).

Klopp used the game’s programme notes to praise the latter’s ‘top level’ form, but then promptly dropped him to the bench, although his comments on all those changes were of the more general variety:

We are in an intense period and we have the opportunity now to change some players. So that’s the plan behind it – getting fresh legs back and try to give Fulham a proper fight.

That didn’t work out and Liverpool have now kept just one clean sheet in ten matches.

With a top four finish starting to look beyond them, Liverpool’s best route back into next season’s Champions League is by winning this season’s competition.

Should that prompt further rotation, a lack of guaranteed starts, allied to such major price tags, make the likes of Alexander-Arnold Fantasy liabilities.

After all, over their last seven starts, you could have fielded the right-back for 18 points or Andersen for 41, with a bumper £2.9m you’d have saved on the latter to be invested elsewhere.

Liverpool XI (4-3-2-1): Alisson; Robertson, R Williams, N Phillips, N Williams (Alexander-Arnold 76); Keita, Wijnaldum (Mane 62), Milner (Fabinho 76); Jota, Shaqiri; Salah.

Fulham XI (4-2-3-1): Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Tete; Reed, Lemina; Lookman (Robinson 83), De Cordova-Reid, Cavaleiro (Mitrovic 85); Maja (Loftus-Cheek 67).
General Discussion / Re: Tuesday Fulham Stuff - 09/03/21...
« Last post by whitejc on Today at 12:12:01 AM »
Bobby: Perfect Gameplan

Bobby De Cordova-Reid says Fulham executed the perfect gameplan at Anfield on Sunday.

Far from being a smash-and-grab, the Whites headed to the Champions targeting three points, and were duly rewarded for their positive mindset.

Speaking to a day later, De Cordova-Reid said: “It was massive, and the best thing is that we knew we had a chance, we knew that if we played our game and were resilient in what we were doing, that we would have a good chance, and the gameplan came off perfectly.

“We all believed before the game. The Manager told us in meetings beforehand that we’ve got to have belief.

“We know how well we can play, they were a wounded animal and we knew if we applied pressure and played our game that we would be okay, and it was just a nice feeling when the whistle went to get the three points as that will bring confidence into the games coming up.

“We don’t fear anyone in this league. We know how good we are. Conceding goals, we’re second in the table for the past I don’t know how many games.

“We know that we’re good defensively and we know that we can score goals and play good football so, listen, we’ll just bounce into every game with high confidence and the belief that we can beat anyone.”

Fulham dominated proceedings in the first half and, just as our perseverance looked set to be in vain going into half-time, Mario Lemina lashed in a stunning opener.

The hosts improved after the break but could find no way through a Whites brick wall which saw all 11 players pitching in.

“I think the first half we played really well,” Bobby said. “We were probably unfortunate not to have a couple of goals, to be honest.

“Ade [Lookman] got down the left a few times and we probably should have scored from one of those, but it wasn’t to be so we kept on plugging away. Mario’s goal was good and the timing was perfect.

“Look, Liverpool’s a very good team so you know you’re going to have to be very defensively good, structurally you have to be good, and you’ve got to be resilient in your defending.

“That was the case first and foremost, and then we were able to attack off that. And I think we did that, to a man, perfectly.

“It was a tale of two halves; in the first half we showed how well we can play, and in the second half we showed how resilient we can be defensively and what it meant to us, and I think we deserved to win.”

During the game, the commentators dropped in that De Cordova-Reid actually grew up as a Liverpool fan…

“Yeah, that’s correct!” he laughed. “I’ll put that down to my brothers and cousins being Liverpool fans.

“I enjoyed being a Liverpool fan, I still am. It’s a bit unfortunate what’s going on there at the moment, but from my point of view it was an opportunity to get three points, and I’m happy to take them.

“It’s something I can look back on in my career. It’s a big achievement, especially taking four points off them out of six, and to score a goal [in the home fixture] as well, it was perfect for me.”
General Discussion / Re: Tuesday Fulham Stuff - 09/03/21...
« Last post by whitejc on Today at 12:10:14 AM »
How far has Scott Parker come?
Jack Stroudley looks back at how Parker’s stock has risen – and continues to rise.

Fulham’s transformation in the last few months has been nothing short of spectacular. We have a defence with grit and determination to see games out, a midfield with the desire to win the ball back continuously and an overall winning mentality. Our upturn in form in last few months is a credit to the tactical work behind the scenes from the coaching staff with all eyes on Scott Parker. With it not always going his way during his tenure at Fulham, just how far has Parker come as a manager?

The building blocks
Parker joined as caretaker manager in February 2019 to replace Claudio Ranieri at a doomed and dejected Fulham. The mood around the club was bleak, with the prospect of relegation seeming an almost certain reality. Despite the inevitable relegation, we saw some real promise from Scott with what seemed to be a poorly crafted squad.

Parker’s 4-2-3-1 saw us pick up in form winning games against Everton, Bournemouth and Cardiff, and we saw early signs of his ability to get the best out of players with Ryan Babel, Tom Cairney and Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa all performing well under him. This inevitably landed Scott the full time role at the end of the season.

A bumpy road
Scott’s tenure at the club hasn’t always been plain sailing, and he’s endured criticism on multiple occasions from Fulham fans (myself included). During last season in the Championship, we saw periods where fans we’re calling for Parker’s head after particularly disheartening performances. The 3-0 loss at home to Barnsley and the 2-0 loss away at Stoke stick out as games which left Parker’s residence in SW6 in question.

Following our promotion – and Parker’s finest moment to date – we suffered a horrendous start in the Premier League, picking up one point in our opening six games and conceding 14 goals along the way. While the blame wasn’t primarily aimed at Parker, it was evident Scott was struggling to adapt to the step up in quality and that drastic change was needed internally in order to give us any chance of staying up.

A willingness to learn
With every hurdle that Scott Parker has faced, he’s seemed to find a way to make the best out of the situation. In the Championship we was able to dig in deep and pick up form at the right time, going seven unbeaten at the end of the season to secure a play-off place and ultimately gain promotion.

As mentioned above, our start to this season was woeful and left us in a tricky situation with no light at the end of the tunnel. However, Parker has shown a willingness and a desire to adapt and find a way to pick up results. His first aim was to solidify our defence. He switched to a 5-2-3 in order to create that defensive stability and structure, while giving us creativity to attack on the counter. From Leicester away onwards, we have seen the improvements made and from December onwards only Manchester City have conceded fewer goals than us.

Scott’s next issue with going forward, we seemed to be out of ideas creatively following a run of draws which ideally needed to be wins. Scott then changed things up to a 4-3-3 with reliance on both full-backs to attack as well as defend. We saw instant improvement going forward, with wins against Everton and Sheffield United coming over the course of a week.

And at Anfield yesterday, we saw Scott adapt again, changing to a 4-4-2 and playing long balls out to the flanks to try and exploit Liverpool’s weaknesses in defence. The game plan worked to a tee and every player was extraordinary picking up a 1-0 win and giving us the belief that this team really could stay up.

Big game moments
During his time at the club, Scott hasn’t shied away from make decisions during big games to find a way to win, and has succeeded most of the time. During the play-off final in a game where Brentford were clear favourites, Scott decided to play Denis Odoi over Cyrus Christie as a more defensive full-back to try and nullify Said Benrahma from creating opportunities. It proved to be a genius decision that worked out and ultimately helped us win the day.

We’ve also seen this from Scott since our promotion to the Premier League. Most notably in games away at Leicester, Everton and Liverpool, with different tactical approaches being taken. All of which ended in the same positive outcome for us: a Fulham win.

The future of Fulham?
While Scott is still young and has a lot to learn, I think he’s made a brilliant start to his managerial career. His ability and determination to get Fulham promoted at the first time of asking and his willingness to adapt and evolve to meet the demanding step up of the Premier League stands him in good stead.

He’s given us the confidence to believe we can stay up, and with a good core group of Premier League talent at his disposal who could blame us? Whether we survive or not, I believe Scott is the right man to take Fulham into the future and provide us with a sustainable and progressive football club.
General Discussion / Re: Tuesday Fulham Stuff - 09/03/21...
« Last post by whitejc on Today at 12:06:31 AM »
The pros and cons of Nottingham Forest signing Anthony Knockaert

With the season edging closer to the final straight, Nottingham Forest will soon have a decision to make regarding the future of Anthony Knockaert.

The 29-year-old is on loan from Premier League outfit Fulham until the end of the season and despite the figures of two goals and one assist in the league, he has been one of Forest’s better players this season.

He has also become a key man in a playing sense, with Knockaert making 27 appearances so far this campaign.

Forest’s situation is still precarious and of course, if they go down then signing Knockaert is a non-starter – but in the case Forest stay up, we’ve looked at both sides of the coin…

Pro: He’s arguably Forest’s best player
While the stats of three goals in all comps and one assist isn’t that flattering, you only need to give Knockaert the eye test to see just how good he is.

The fact he is stuck on one assist is frankly criminal, given it feels like he contributes massively each game – however, he of course can’t put the ball in the net for other players.

The stats do back this up as well; Knockaert makes 1.1 key passes a game according to WhoScored – one every 65 minutes.

The only Forest player (10 or more apps) with a higher average is Filip Krovinovic, also on loan, who averages 1.3 key passes per game.

Given Knockaert’s passing is more direct than Krovinovic as he crosses the ball a lot more, with more clinical finishing, he could easily be on 10+ assists for the season.

Finding a way to replace that will prove very difficult and you could make a strong argument to suggest Knockaert is Forest’s best player right now.

Con: He won’t come cheap at all
Much like this situation depends on Forest staying up, how things pan out for Fulham is also critical to Knockaert’s future.

If Fulham stay up, it’s highly likely they’ll want to sell or at the very least, get Knockaert off the wage bill for a year on a loan basis.

Even if Fulham go down, they might want to cash in as the funds generated could help them keep some of their squad together as they’d seek to go up at the first attempt.

However, what’s also a possibility is that Fulham keep Knockaert to help with their promotion push if they do go down.

Given that Fulham had to pay Brighton & Hove Albion £15m for Knockaert and signed him on a three-year contract (two remaining after this season), they would want a big chunk of that back if they chose to sell.

In hindsight, it was a stupid decision from Fulham to have that clause given the initial loan didn’t go as planned, but they presumably weighed that £15m up against the £100m+ they could earn following promotion.

In any case, signing Knockaert will not be cheap and given Forest don’t exactly have a magic money tree, it would require a lot of thought.

Signing Knockaert would also potentially depend on whether Forest sell a key player like Joe Worrall, which would not go down well at all.

Pro: He’s a trusted Chris Hughton general
It says a lot that Knockaert was Hughton’s first signing at Forest and was signed a matter of days after his arrival.

It was perhaps no surprise, given the two worked so brilliantly well the last time they were together in the Championship with Brighton.

Across two seasons for Hughton, Knockaert scored 20 in 64 league games and also assisted 14 – so 34 G/A in 64 games.

For a winger, that is exceptional and it’s clear that the two have a really strong working relationship.

What Forest have also seen is that all of the signings Hughton has made have improved the team drastically.

Therefore, by allowing him to sign a player that he trusts not only shows faith in the manager, but also proves that Forest have learnt their lessons from the 2020 summer transfer window, which saw them sign 14 players with a seemingly scattergun policy.

If anyone is going to get the best out of Knockaert, it will be Hughton, so the two joining forces on a more permanent basis can’t be a bad thing.

Con: He could hamper development of others
Forest are in the bizarre position where all of their wingers seem to prefer playing on the right wing.

While the ambidextrous nature of Joe Lolley makes him the most effective out of the current crop on the left side, Sammy Ameobi also shone there last season.

However, one thing Forest did frequently last year and they only partially do now is swap the wingers at various points during the game, which seemed to keep them happy enough.

The issue is that Knockaert pretty much plays exclusively on the right and while he has occasionally had a run on the left mid-game, he isn’t as effective.

Where this becomes a problem is in relation to Alex Mighten, who seemingly prefers to play on the right wing and will almost certainly be in line for more minutes next season.

On the one hand, having Knockaert around could help Mighten’s development as he’d be training every day with a quality player, but on the other, it could stop him getting game time.

This could prove problematic as the last thing Forest want is for Mighten – one of their most exciting academy graduates in years – to want to leave due to a lack of pathway into the first team or to stall in his development as a player.

In an ideal world, there would be a balance between the two and maybe Forest find a way to play both, but right now it is a potential issue.

Verdict: Make it happen…if possible
While the cons are very prominent, if Forest can find a way to get Knockaert next season, they absolutely should – even if it’s another year-long loan.

It would show trust in the manager, it would allow Forest to keep arguably their best player and it would be a statement signing to put it mildly given Knockaert has twice won promotion and was Championship Player of the Year in 2016/17.

In theory, he is at an age where he’s at his peak, so Forest could be getting the very best out of a player who has already shone so brightly in his career.

There is a line, obviously – no-one wants Worrall or Mighten sold to finance this – but if Forest can strike a deal that works in the club’s favour, it would be a very good decision.
General Discussion / Re: Our 6 loan players
« Last post by Denver Fulham on Today at 12:05:15 AM »
I think the more interesting question is "What would you pay for each of them?"

Andersen was bought in 2019 for 28m. French football finances are a mess beyond global ones, so who knows what Lyon would ask, but hard to believe it would be much less than that. 30-35m is a very hard swallow, but Andersen's my favorite Fulham player in ages. He could become a legend here. Dunno.

Areola probably would be in the 15-20m range, based on prior valuations and comparable purchases (like Mendy). Likely worth it. He seems happy.

Lookman ... 15m? I could see an argument either way on him. Not a must for me, but depending on price, you can warrant the roll of the dice.

RLC ... who knows. It would come down to fee and wages. I'd pass, unless his attitude with Parker and the club is way better than we perceive it and he wants to be one of our core guys.

Aina and Lemina's options should both be below 10m and you take those instantly, imo.

Maja I think was stated to be 9m? Not a must for me. At the very least, we need a better starter than him, so he may end up as a luxury.

So, let's say we go all in on Andersen and Areola because they're awesome and love us, and pass on RLC and Lookman.

We'd spend about 70m in fees to have our goalkeeper and keep our back five intact. We'd need a top-class striker and at least two attacking mid/wing types. Pricey. We'd have to offset some of that by selling Seri, Mawson and very possibly Mitrovic, among others. But we'd have a chance to be very, very good.

(To think about these possibilities and the alternate world where we get relegated and this all gets dismantled is so nervewracking.)
General Discussion / Re: Tuesday Fulham Stuff - 09/03/21...
« Last post by whitejc on Today at 12:04:15 AM »
Fulham goal hero Mario Lemina confident they will stay up if they replicate resilient display in Liverpool win

Mario Lemina is confident Fulham will beat the drop if they can replicate the resilient defensive display that secured their stunning win at Anfield.

Lemina scored the only goal, as Scott Parker’s side galvanised their survival chances and piled more misery on Liverpool with a 1-0 win against the champions on Merseyside.

Fulham remain in the bottom three but only on goal difference. They are now level on points with 17th-placed Brighton and have real momentum in the fight to avoid relegation.

After inflicting a sixth successive Premier League home defeat on Liverpool, belief is growing that the Cottagers can stay up.

“It depends on us and the way we play the other games,” said Lemina, whose powerful finish on the stroke of half-time gave Fulham their first win at Anfield since 2012. “If we play like that I think we will stay up.

“We are happy. We are struggling at the moment and it is hard to be at the bottom of the league, but we still believe in our quality and we showed in the first half we can play against a big opponent and in the second half we showed good character. It is three good points for us.

“Honestly I am not going to lie, I was scared because they [Liverpool] need to win some games. But I was so confident in my team. We have showed in all the games we have played that we play good football and deserve to be higher in the league.”

Fulham struggled at the start of the season after coming up through the play-offs last season and they did not win in the Premier League until their seventh match.

Their prospects were not looking good after they failed to win in December or January, but they have now lost just once in seven matches and have sucked Brighton, Newcastle and Burnley back into the relegation scrap.

Asked if victory over Liverpool was Fulham’s best win of the season, Lemina said: “Of course.

“Liverpool are not in a good spirit, but we just took our chance and we won. It was a bit like the first game at Craven Cottage [which ended 1-1 in December].

“We knew what we had to do — they were going to put pressure on us. We did well, we defended so well.”

Fulham play runaway leaders Manchester City next on Saturday, before a run of games against Leeds, Aston Villa and Wolves.

Lemina said: “We are going to fight until the end [to stay up]. Even if the next games are going to be hard, we are going to fight until the end.

“We are together. From the beginning we have been together and we are going to stay together until the end.”
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Burnley, Newcastle & the Premier League relegation odds as Fulham's Liverpool win shifts picture

The bookies feel Sean Dyche's side will have enough to beat the drop into the Championship this season

Five clubs are more likely to be relegated to the Championship this season than Burnley, as the bookies have their say after a dramatic weekend of action at the bottom of the table.

The Clarets picked up another point with a 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal but saw the gap to the bottom the cut to four points as Fulham won at defending Champions Liverpool.

With Brighton losing and Newcastle and West Brom playing out a 0-0 draw, the battle to avoid the bottom three remains a close one.

Sean Dyche's side will feel they have enough to beat the drop over the final 10 games of the season and the bookies agree, with the Pools having the Clarets out at 13/2 to go down.

Sheffield United are cast adrift at the foot of the table with the Blades 1/100 to go down while the bookies also see West Brom as certain to drop into the Championship at 1/66.

Fulham's resurgence in recent weeks has pushed them out to 13/8 meaning Newcastle United are now tipped to be relegated at 11/10.

Brighton, who are struggling to find wins at the moment, are 9/2. Of the other possible relegation candidates, Crystal Palace are 33/1 while Southampton are 66/1.

The Clarets are on the road at Everton on Saturday before a three week break caused by an FA Cup exit and the international fixtures.
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