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Friday Fulham Stuff (06/10/17)...
« on: October 06, 2017, 08:23:51 AM »
 
2017 Non League Day This Weekend


One of the biggest events of the year to promote the Non League game will return for an eighth consecutive season this weekend.

With October's international break meaning a pausing of fixtures at Premier League and Championship level, it's the perfect time for fans to rock up at a local Non League side, support the more grass roots level and Non League Day will once again be raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

For 2017 the weekend of October 7 and 8 has been picked.

President of the National League, Brian Lee, is quoted by the Football Supporters' Federation as saying.

'We totally support the ethos of Non-League Day. Such an opportunity gives all clubs the chance to open their doors and develop new friends and fans to our ever-growing family. This annual event is now well and truly embedded in the football calendar and we sincerely hope that it once more draws forth the recognition it deserves.'



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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/10/17)...
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2017, 08:25:29 AM »
 
Liverpool attacker to spend 8 weeks sidelined

Liverpool owned youngster Sheyi Ojo will miss October and November with injury, he confirmed his Twitter account.

The 20-year-old dislocated his shoulder in his last match for Fulham and will now miss a chunk of the season for the team he chose to play for on loan this campaign.

The player tweeted the news yesterday:

At one stage it looked like Ojo was the most talented and promising of our Academy players, but Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold and the newly arrived Dominic Solanke have usurped him.

Ojo got Premier League minutes under Jurgen Klopp during the 2015/16 season, but played zero last term and has been sent to the Championship this.

Technically and physically, Ojo has all the attributes required to become a top winger, but so did Jordon Ibe – and he couldn’t make the Anfield grade either.

For Ojo, he needs consistent game-time and to take risks during matches. When we’ve seen him, he doesn’t use his pace or power and doesn’t take the game by the scruff of the neck.

If he doesn’t succeed at Fulham this term, it might be time for him to move on.



http://www.empireofthekop.com/2017/10/05/liverpool-attacker-to-spend-8-weeks-sidelined/

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/10/17)...
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2017, 08:26:58 AM »
 
Birmingham City and Fulham watching non-league giant

Sky Bet Championship rivals Birmingham City and Fulham are understood to be watching giant centre-back Lex Allan according to Get West London.

The 19-year-old 6ft 7in defender currently plays his football in the Isthmian League Division One South with Kent club Sittingbourne and the player is putting in some impressive displays for The Brickies.

It has now been reported that Sky Bet Championship clubs Birmingham City and Fulham could opt to make moves for the youngster after scouts were impressed with Allan when they travelled to the south east to watch him in action.

Both clubs were thought to be interested in Bristol City defender Aden Flint in the summer who is of a similar size and build to Allan and after missing out on that particular player, they could see the Sittingbourne star as a long term alternative.

Birmingham City and Fulham are not the only professional clubs said to be tracking the youngster, Allan has recently been training with Millwall while English Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace are also keen to make their own assessment of the player’s talents.

Sittingbourne are likely to want to receive an upfront six-figure fee for Allan while any potential deal is expected to include a number of financial incentives for the non-league club which will benefit them for years to come.



http://the72.co.uk/92572/birmingham-city-fulham-watching-non-league-giant/


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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/10/17)...
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2017, 08:29:03 AM »
 
Southampton XI 2-0 Fulham XI

A Fulham XI lost 2-0 to a Southampton XI in a close match on Thursday in a 12 o’clock kick off. Rui Fonte hit the post in the first half, before two second half goals from Charlie Austin and James Ward-Prouse for the hosts sealed the win.

It was a hot sunny day at the Staplewood training ground in an 80-minute match. The first five minutes were evenly contested, neither team managed to get a shot away as Southampton tried to play though the middle, and the Whites concentrated their attacks down the left.

Ibrahima Cissé did well early on to cut out a dangerous Southampton through ball, and Yohan Mollo was linking up well with Rafa Soares.

Seven minutes into the match and Marcus Bettinelli tried to play Rui Fonte in with a long ball forward, but Stuart Taylor in goal for the Saints sprinted out quickly to extinguish the half chance.


In the 13th minute Fonte went very close to playing Luca de la Torre in on goal, but a last ditch tackle prevented him from getting his shot away, it was a positive start from the Whites.

A quarter of an hour into the match and Michael Madl cleared a corner to Mollo.  He tried to run the ball out from his own half but lost possession.

Southampton crossed a quick ball in to an unmarked Charlie Austin, he took a touch and shot from the six-yard line and Cissé moved his feet within a split-second to make a vital goal-line clearance.

Five minutes later Fulham were putting pressure on the Saint’s goal, winning several corners and playing higher up the pitch. Cissé drove forward from midfield in one attack and passed to Fonte.

The Portuguese worked the ball to Mollo out by the wing, who stepped so quickly the left back fell to the floor as he whipped a dangerous ball into a box, only for it to be cleared.

In the 24th minute the Whites almost went ahead. Fonte picked up a stray ball outside the box, turned and shot at goal. His effort nicked a defender on the way towards the left post, and the keeper got a fingertip to it, diverting the ball onto the post and out to safety.

In the 31st minute there were shouts from Fulham that Southampton had passed back to the keeper, and with a legitimate claim, but the referee saw it differently.

Five minutes later Nathan Redmond found his way through the Fulham defence on the left, however lashed a shot over Marcus Bettinelli’s crossbar and the first half ended scoreless.

The Whites started the second half with vigour, and attacked down the left through Soares, Mollo and Jordan Graham again. Soares and Graham had several crosses cut out by Taylor.

Southampton set up a quck counter, which left to Charlie Austin down the right, firing a warning shot over the bar.

Three minutes into the half and Tyrese Francois, the fresh Academy substitute stole the ball off Oriol Romeu 35 yards from goal. He sprinted towards the area but was dispossessed at the vital moment as he was about to shoot.

In the 45th minute Soares was darting down the left once more and whipped a ball ten yards from goal, Mollo jumped and connected with the cross, but at an awkward height he couldn’t steer a powerful shot away.

Southampton scored with their counter attack, straight down the left Redmond cut a ball across goal to Austin, and the number 10 slammed his shot into the shot right of the net with his left to break the deadlock.


The Whites fought hard to get back into the game and were finding more joy down the left than anywhere else. Soares shot across goal and was only denied by some good keeping, and Graham sent several good balls into the box, very close to finding an on-running Stephen Humphrys on one occasion.

The match lulled for a short period and Whites almost capitalised with the next opportune moment in the 65th minute.

Graham, working hard down the left squeezed a ball to Soares who lashed a shot across goal, missing the inside of the post by half a foot.

Fulham continued attacking, Francois won a free kick close to the touch line deep in Southampton’s half. Graham whipped the ball in, it was cleared to Mollo at the edge of the area and the Frenchman slashed a volley wide of the post.

With 10 minutes left in the match, Cissé won the ball inside the Saint’s half with a crunching tackle. Francois collected and sent a clever chip over the Saint’s defence for Humphrys to run on to, unfortunately he couldn’t get on the end of it as the keeper raced out.

Pierre-Emile Hjojberg shot at goal in the 71st minute, and Bettinelii made a good save but could only parry the effort back into play. Ward-Prouse was waiting in the area, collected the ball and passed it into the back of the net to double Southampton’s lead and seal the match.

The Saints almost widened the gap even further In the 74th minute, as Sam McQueen raced onto the end of a through ball and rifled a shot onto the cross bar.

The match referee blew his whistle to bring an end to a competitive, end to end match.

Southampton XI Line up:

Taylor, Targett, Stephens, Gardos, McQueen, Romeu (Smallbone), Hojbjerg, Redmond (Bakaray), Ward-Prouse (Vokins), Boufal (Mdlalose), Austin.

Fulham XI Line up:

Bettinelli, Odoi, Madl, Djalo, Soares, de la Torre (40’ Francois), Cissé, O’Riley, Graham, Fonte (50’ Humphrys), Mollo.

Unused Subs: Button, McDonald, Jenz.



http://www.fulhamfc.com/news/2017/october/05/southampton-xi-2-0-fulham-xi

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/10/17)...
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2017, 08:31:23 AM »
 
Why This 28-Year Old Out-Of-Favour Premier League Defender Would Be Perfect For Fulham


Craig Cathcart

Why Craig Cathcart Would Be A Great Signing For Fulham In January
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is reportedly interested in making a January move for Watford defender Craig Cathcart. The Northern Irishman would potentially be a canny acquisition for the West London club.

The centre-back played for Jokanovic during his own time at Watford as manager when the Hornets were successful in gaining promotion from the Championship in the 2014/15 season. Clearly, the coach is still a big admirer of Cathcart.

Cathcart, who has played just once in the Premier League so far this season, is still just 28 years old and is potentially just reaching his peak as a central defender. Along with that comes the fact that he is a part of the Northern Ireland national side riding the crest of a wave right now and so the confidence he could bring to a promotion chasing squad could prove vital.

However, there are more than a few potential complications in this potential deal. Firstly, there is the fact that Cathcart signed a fresh four-year deal at Vicaage Road this summer and so his club would likely look for a sizeable fee.

As well as this, there is the fact that neither manager involved, Marco Silva or Jokanovic, really have much say in the transfer business despite them seeming to have very differing views on the player. The respective clubs may not even enter into talks.

Lastly, Cathcart has also suffered a knee injury and this is something which will concern the recruiters at Fulham, especially if they are required to pay a large fee for his services. Even with his injury in mind, it is surprising to realise that Cathcart was not named in Marco Silva’s official list of 25 Premier League squad players and it seems he is not desperately required there.

All that said though, it is not beyond the realms of possibility for Jokanovic to go to his board and ask them to enquire about the possibility of bringing the former Manchester United youngster to Craven Cottage at the turn of the year.

The player will want game time and should it start to look more likely that Fulham could be a Premier League club next season, then the move would look very attractive to the player. His experience and nous could be vital to the Cottagers in them getting over the line, in what was always going to be a very competitive season in the Championship. Watch this space.



http://soccersouls.com/2017/10/06/why-this-28-year-old-out-of-favour-premier-league-defender-would-be-perfect-for-fulham/

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/10/17)...
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2017, 08:33:01 AM »
 
Warning for Tottenham Hotspur over £50m transfer target Ryan Sessegnon

Tottenham Hotspur are keen on Ryan Sessegnon.

Tottenham Hotspur continue to be linked with Fulham ace Ryan Sessegnon, with ESPN reporting they have stepped up their interest.

Sessegnon broke into the Fulham first team at just 16 last season and made an immediate impact, even scoring twice in a win over Newcastle.

The problem is Fulham want a staggering £50 million for a player tipped as the next Gareth Bale.

Sessegnon has been a regular for Fulham this season, but he is far from the finished player, perhaps as you would expect of a teenager.

This season Sessegnon has lost possession a staggering 232 times in 11 games. This is the second highest in the Championship.

Much of this can be attributed to Sessegnon's low crossing success rate.

He has managed to find a teammate with just 15 per cent of his crosses, which is below the Championship average of 23 per cent.

Perhaps at Tottenham he would enjoy more success with better players and smarter movement inside the box, but it could give the North London side pause for thought.

£50 million is a staggering amount to spend on a young player. If Tottenham can get him for much less than it will be a shrewd deal, but right now they are smart to explore further options.



http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2017/10/05/warning-for-tottenham-hotspur-over-50m-transfer-target/


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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/10/17)...
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2017, 08:36:45 AM »
 
Who’s This English 8th Tier Defender That Crystal Palace And Fulham Are Targeting? Everything You Need To Know


Lex Allan (right)

Scout Report – Lex Allan
Crystal Palace are enduring their worst start ever in the Premier League, having lost their opening 7 games without scoring a goal. They sacked manager Frank de Boer and replaced him with former England manager Roy Hodgson, but the results have not changed.

Under Hodgson, Palace have shipped in 10 goals in just three league games. Instead of trying to get a high-profile defender, Palace are reportedly trying to bring in non-league defender Lex Allan, but face competition from Fulham and Birmingham City.

Origin
Allan, 18, has only made 6 league appearances for Sittingbourne since joining from park football over the summer. The 6ft 7in centre-half, currently in his first season in senior football, has earned loads of plaudits for his all-round defending. The youngster has been extensively scouted by Fulham and Palace, who are keeping a regular update of his progress.

What Does He Offer?
Being a towering figure, Allan is a hard-tackling, no nonsense defender. In his first 6 league appearances, he has impressed for the Brickies who sit on top of the Bostik South league, which is the 8th tier of the English footballing pyramid.

Currently training with Millwall, Allan has had scouts from Palace, Fulham and Birmingham City watching him since the start of the season. Allan has been given a breather from the Brickies first team with their manager Nick Davis in high praises for the defender.


    “He’s got clubs left, right and centre looking at him,” Davis said. “He was at Millwall again last week, Palace have said they want him to train with them and Fulham have also enquired.

    “He’s learning quickly and if he continues to do that, he’ll go on. He could go to a pro club, play in their under-23s and get better coaching than we can provide – and on a daily basis.

    “Would that give him the best shot? Potentially.” Davis further added.


In the six league games played so far, Allan has caught the eyes of top-tier English clubs with a string of impressive displays. The lanky centre-back is one of the prime reasons why Sittingbourne are currently on top in the Bostik League South Division.

What Does The Future Hold?
18-year-old Allan’s remarkable rise from obscurity has already alerted the big clubs, with Palace being the front-runners. At such a tender age, the centre-back may struggle to play in the Premier League, but he has shown some commendable potential to attract the big clubs.

However, there is every reason for Allan to understand his Sittingbourne boss Davis, who said,

    “Playing regularly is important as well for your own development and your own experience. It’s a difficult one to advice at this stage.”

This might leave the giant centre-back in some dilemma at this early stage of his career but it’s certain that he will leave no stone unturned to sign for a bigger club in the future. Allan must analyse things rationally before making a move. Sittingbourne, meanwhile, will be hoping to receive a stunning six-figure fee for Allan.

Is he worth the gamble for Palace? Is another Chris Smalling tale unfolding? Watch this space!



http://soccersouls.com/2017/10/06/whos-this-english-8th-tier-defender-that-crystal-palace-and-fulham-are-targeting-everything-you-need-to-know/

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/10/17)...
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2017, 08:40:05 AM »
 
Fulham full back Ryan Fredericks has speed to terrify any defence... if he can get his passing and mentality together he will be the full package

    Ryan Fredericks has come through under the radar as Fulham's pacey full back
    The 24-year-old possesses speed in attack as well as a good defensive brain
    But the Fulham defender needs to work on his passing

Our scout is a top football expert who attends matches each week searching for the next star. He'll bring you his verdict in Sportsmail.

This week, he has sniffed out Ryan Fredericks, currently plying his trade at Fulham.

Here is why so many of the country's biggest clubs have one eye of the full back, and what our scout believes he needs to make the grade in the Premier League...


Ryan Fredericks is Fulham's exciting left back who is being courted by the country's top clubs

WHAT HAS HE GOT?

At 17, Ryan Sessegnon is probably the most talked-about full back in the Championship, with big clubs lying in wait.

But I have also been impressed with the improved performances of his right back colleague Fredericks. The 24-year-old is also a speed merchant.

When his midfield have possession he is always anxious to use the space in front of him to run on and receive a pass. Once in the midfield third he is rapid in reaching the 18-yard box.

Unlike some full backs, who only break forward on the outside of their midfield colleague, Fredericks sees the opportunity to go on the inside at times. This tactic can surprise the opposition.

In a recent game I saw, he ran forward with the ball at least 50 yards to play a pass into the front man and it is this that can sometimes bring goalscoring opportunities.


The 24-year-old (right) possesses the speed and strength every full back needs

WHAT DOES HE NEED?

His great efforts to reach good advanced positions are often spoiled by his lack of composure after a speedy run.

He needs to slow down at that vital moment and pick a player out. His passing is satisfactory but he can be impetuous and also gives the impression of getting irritable when refereeing decisions go against him.

To sum up: speed is his forte, tackling is a strength and his passing can improve. A calm head in the final third will make the difference.


But is often frustrated with his refereeing decisions and still has work to do with his passing



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4953608/Fulham-s-Ryan-Fredericks-pace-terify-defence.html#ixzz4uiAy5Xeu
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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (06/10/17)...
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2017, 06:15:35 PM »
Sess. stats , lost possession 232 time in 11 games!!

Well I thought he was not playing but that sounds really bad. Surely he needs a spell out of the team.