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« on: August 28, 2019, 08:00:47 AM »
Attn Tommy Melville or anyone who might know him

I found your season ticket , have handed it at the club office

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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2019, 08:01:57 AM »
“Seri is a huge disappointment” – Turkish media not impressed with Fulham loanee, lacks quality

It’s safe to say Fulham loanee Jean-Michael Seri hasn’t made the greatest start to his Galatasaray career.

Loaned from the Championship side for the season, many expected Seri to make an instant impact but that’s not been the case so far for the Turkish champions.

After being withdrawn at half time during the opening game defeat against Denizlispor, Seri was then red carded during Galatasaray’s clash with Konyaspor at the weekend.

Following the game against Konyaspor one of the most influential Gala journalists, Fatih Altayli said to Haberturk: “Seri is a huge disappointment. Sometimes there are issues about adapting but I think that’s not the case.

“He just lacks quality. He couldn’t complete the simplest of passes. His red card was also a total mess.”

It still too early to judge the player, especially after two games, but Galatasaray have made a slow start to the campaign, picking up just one point.

Much was also expected of him when he signed for Fulham from Nice last summer after impressing in Ligue 1.

However, he struggled to make his mark in the Premier League and following Fulham’s relegation back to the English second tier, it always seemed likely he would exit the club this summer.

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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2019, 08:04:39 AM »
Fulham 0-1 Southampton: Michael Obafemi sends Saints into Carabao Cup third round with narrow win but they sweat on Nathan Redmond injury

    Southampton beat Fulham at Craven Cottage to reach Carabao Cup third round
    After a goalless first half, Michael Obafemi headed in opener for Southampton
    Ralph Hasenhuttl made only five changes as he targets success in the cup
    However key winger Nathan Redmond was carried off injured in the game

Southampton were left counting the cost of their trip to Fulham after their second round win at Fulham was marred by a worrying injury to Nathan Redmond.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was visibly concerned after key man Redmond hobbled off in the second half not long after match-winner Michael Obafemi also had to be substituted.

Redmond hurt himself in the process of shooting and was in clear agony as he was helped off the pitch by two members of Southampton's medical team and will now be a doubt for Saturday's lunchtime clash with Manchester United.

Luca De La Torre attempts to get the hosts moving forward at Craven Cottage on Tuesday

Hasenhuttl said: 'The first thing I hope is that the injury of Nathan Redmond is not that bad. It was a shocking moment when he was lying on the ground.

'The good thing is the ankle is not swollen but the bad thing is he was in big pain. We must wait and see what is diagnosed.'

Obafemi came off 11 minutes after scoring the decider, though Hasenhuttl hoped his withdrawal was just due to cramp rather than any recurrence of his previous hamstring problems.

Cyrus Christie has an effort well saved from close range during the first half of the cup tie

Until Republic of Ireland striker Obafemi struck in the 57th minute, the biggest cheer of the night was for a construction worker in Fulham's Riverside Stand who doubled as a crowd-rousing flag-waver.

It was that sort of low-key affair, one even lower on quality and entertainment, especially in the first-half, aside from Bobby Reid's free-kick against the bar.

The opener had been coming following Southampton's purposeful start to the second half.

Oriol Romeu and Redmond both spurned chances before Obafemi tapped in Redmond's cross at the far post, his second goal for the club.

Southampton's margin of victory should have been greater.

But replacements for their injured pair, Danny Ings and Shane Long, both missed late sitters and the game ended 1-0.

Matt O'Riley (left) was among the youngsters given a chance to impress by boss Scott Parker

Scott Parker has enjoyed a mixed start to his first full season as the manager of Fulham

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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2019, 08:05:45 AM »
Fulham 0-1 Southampton: FLW reports as Saints ease past Parker’s lacklustre troops in tepid Carabao Cup clash

A tap-in for Michael Obafemi settled this contest as Fulham were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Southampton in a tepid 1-0 affair at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night.

Both sides made multiple changes to their starting XIs from their respective weekend matches, nine for Fulham and five for Southampton, and it showed in a lacklustre first-half, with Bobby Decordova-Reid’s bar-rattling free-kick the closest either side came to a goal.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side emerged for the second period with much more intent, however, and in the 57th minute they were rewarded when Nathan Redmond’s inch perfect pass was tapped in by Obafemi.

Chances for Redmond and substitute Danny Ings came and went and, with Fulham completely devoid of any creativity, the Premier League side progressed with ease.

With Anthony Knockaert, Aleksandr Mitrovic and Ivan Cavaleiro all rested, Aboubakar Kamara was one of three fresh attackers given a run-out along with Bobby Decordova-Reid and Luca De La Torre, and he looked bright early on, setting up an early chance for Matt O’Reilly.

But it was Reid who came considerably closest to opening the scoring in the first-half. After Kamara beat Saints right-back Kevin Danso down the left-hand side, only to be fouled by the youngster, the resulting free-kick was smacked against the underside of the bar by the on-loan Cardiff City man.

However, none of the three will have done alot in their bids to displace any of the dynamic starting trio, in what was an underwhelming 90 minutes on the attacking front.

Whilst Josh Onomah looked keen to impress throughout the first-half, there was always a sense that Parker’s insistence on playing out from the back could sting the home-side, with a pace-filled Southampton front-pairing of Redmond and Obafemi both causing Kevin McDonald and Maxime Le Marchand plenty of problems.

And so it proved early in the second-half. With McDonald and Le Marchand happy to pass between eachother, Obafemi hounded them, and then Marek Rodak, down, eventually forcing an error which fell the way of Oriol Romeu.

But despite being given yards of space, he could only force a comfortable save from the deputising Fulham goalkeeper.

Parker’s side would not keep them at bay for long, however. Three minutes before the hour, Redmond found space down the left-hand side.

Cutting inside, he threaded a perfectly weighted pass across the six-yard box where Obafemi waited to gratefully tap home.

The response from Fulham made it clear where their priorities lay this season, with promotion very-much the aim still. No chances of note were created by the much-changed line-up with the visitors taking on the responsibility of trying to entertain.

It was Ings, who had replaced the injured Obafemi on the 67th minute, who found himself through on goal on more than one occasion. But on each he failed to muster any sort of venom in his effort

With youngsters Tyrese Francois, Ben Davis and Martell Taylor-Crossdale all on the fied by the end of play, the home side’s flow, or what there was of it, was interrupted further.

And that was how it was to finish. The away fans left as jubilant as you can after winning a Carabao Cup second-round game whilst the home faithful left frustrated with an attack seriously lacking in creativity.

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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2019, 08:08:05 AM »
Whites out of Carabao Cup as Saints win 1-0 at Craven Cottage

Fulham 0 v Southampton 1

Fulham did not crash out of the Carabao Cup, more likely they limped out to Southampton at Craven Cottage tonight - losing 1-0 but it could have been a Ben Stokes scoreline for the South Coast side.

Fulham boss Scott Parker made nine changes from the 1-2 league defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

The fact that Fulham are away to Cardiff City on Friday, the singular reason why he went with this side and effectively kept during the cup tie.

And while it was laudable that the Whites attempted to replicate the crisp passing of the first 11, expecting this side to do so was asking for trouble - and trouble it was.

Having a back five including the goalkeeper playing keep ball looks impressive in the opening exchanges. But when the opposition sit back and allow them to have the ball, closing down any midfield outlet thus isolating the strikers, then there is nowhere for the ball to go - that’s when Southampton pounced.

Parker refused to alter his tactics even when going a deserved goal behind. Time after time the home side lacked the required composure and concentration at the back, that the Saints did not score many more than the solitary one was down to stopper Marek Rodak.

But it kind of started rather well for the Whites.

Lucas de la Torre had the first effort on six minutes after excellent left wing set-up-play between Josh Onomah and Aboubakar Kamara.

De la Torre’s edge of the penalty area shot skied over Alex McCarthy’s crossbar.

McCarthy’s was instantly called into action a minute late when after Bobby Decordova-Reid rattled his crossbar, Cyrus Christie’s goal-bound header was tipped over the bar by the stopper.

After a long period of passing to themselves in their own final third, the Whites broke free with De La Torre going on a 25 yard run.

His angled shot from cut across McCarthy but also wide of goal.

Needless indulgence by Onomah on 30 minutes, but also a consequence of good closing down by then Saints saw Michael Obafemi challenge home debutant Marek Rodak for the ball - thankfully for Onomah, the goalkeeper won the encounter.

When Fulham attempted some attacking flair, they cut the saints apart - again, wayward finishing from Decordova-Reid saw the breakaway on 34 minutes come to nothing.

There was no change from either side at half-time.

Stefan Johansen caused a mild ruck three minutes in when he hacked down advancing Sofiane Boufal. The White was given a straightforward yellow card.

James Ward-Prowse too the resultant free kick and whacked the 25-yarder inches over Rodak’s crossbar.

A sensational save by Rodak kept the Whites in the game when Oriol Romeu, the former Chelsea midfielder latched onto a horrendous attempted penalty area clearance from Maxine Le Marchand. The Slovakian stopper tipped away the powerful edge of the area strike for a corner .

Nathan Redmond then headed over the crossbar from a ward-Prowse free-kick as the home side struggled to get hold of the ball.

But the goal was coming, and Michael Obafemi was Johnny-on-the spot to tap home from six yards after an excellent left byline cross by Redmond teed the ball up perfectly for the diminutive striker on 57 minutes.

Rodak was easily Fulham’s best player on the night, thwarting substitute Danny Ings on 78 minutes, when the striker had a free run of the Fulham half to attack.

Parker replaced Stefan Johansen for Terese Francois two minutes later.

bern Davis had a minute’s run out at the expense of De la Torre. he was quickly followed by Kamara who was replaced by ex-Chelsea youngster Martel Taylor-Crossdale.


Teams: Fulham, Rodak, McDonald, Decordova-Reid, Le Marchand, Christie, Bryan, Onomah, O’Riley, De La Torre, Kamara

Subs: Norman, Odoi, Opoku, Francois, Davis, Taylor-Crossdale, Sessegnon
Southampton: McCarthy, Soares, Djenepo, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Obafemi, Redmond, Emile-Hojbjerg, Bednarek, Danso

Subs: Gunn, Yoshida, Stephens, Long, Ings, Armstrong, Valero
Referee R Jones

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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2019, 08:10:12 AM »
Five Thoughts: Nottingham Forest & Southampton

As it’s stupidly hot again, we’ve a double scoop for you. The bank holiday weekend literally hit us for six and there simply wasn’t enough time in the day to pen this article sooner, so I apologise for its lateness. I was drunk for at least three days (and still am now, to be fair) but as our Caraboa Cup encounter with Southampton clashed with the belated scheduling, we decided it’s worth covering both to some sort of extent. So, you’re all very welcome.

I wasn’t overly peeved with the result at the weekend. I was irked more by Forest’s gamesmanship but hey, Peter Bankes couldn’t have booked Brice Samba twice for his time wasting antics, could he? As for Ralph Hasenhüttl, he obviously didn’t read the second string memo, so he also joins the hapless official in the ‘people I’d like to eject out of a turret’ category.

I hate to be crass in the wake of a loss, make that two, so I’ll digress. The Whites stuck to their guns by practising the brand of football that we’ve grown accustomed to under Scott Parker and it didn’t work out, no biggie. We were beaten by a full strength Premier League squad and felled by a domestic counterpart that’s vying for bigger and better things as well. We’re always rickety at the start but we’re still relevant. At least in the Championship, anyway.

Possession Poses Predicament
Patience is integral if Fulham have the ball under their control, but it’s never easy to dismantle two banks of four and Forest, under countless waves of immense pressure, weathered a tsunami to frustrate Parker’s probing set-up. With all the creative vision and dexterity our ranks boast, we were passive, pedestrian and predictable. I’d just like to shoehorn the fact that we also recorded 60% possession against Southampton with a “weakened squad”, too. It’s not that important, but we’re winning something, though.

The Whites required verve and intensity in their sequences and failed to capitalise on their prolonged spells in possession. Tom Cairney and Stefan Johansen would drop into promising pockets, but when we needed a piercing element in the final third, a severe lack of urgency and dynamism afflicted our progression whilst play developed. The longer we held onto the ball, the more settled and assured Forest became.

The cold hard facts shout loudest, however. 77% possession, that’s marvellous, but if we’re not putting oppositions to the sword, it’s essentially an empty figure. 776 passes, otherworldly, but why couldn’t we make Forest pay a hefty price? The visitors were no pushovers, not by any means, however they are not a subservient Millwall. We had to be braver, bolder whilst constructing opportunities, but we were tentative, hesitant and reluctant on the break. Pretty, uniformed football, evidently, doesn’t always work in the Championship, and if we’re to drag ourselves out of this division, we have to unearth a ruthless streak to compliment monopolising ethics.

Flank Freedom Fettered
Pitted against Jack Robinson and Carl Jenkinson respectively, Anthony Knockaert and Ivan Cavaleiro were suppressed in their efforts to surpass Forest’s sturdy fullback duo. AK and Cav’ eyeballed their direct opponents, testing their resolve, but Fulham’s flank threats were marshalled unremittingly throughout proceedings, muting their superiority at this level. Summer signings suppressed in the sunshine.

Cav’ ghosted inside from wide, attempting to suck Jenkinson out of his comfort zone, but Forest were organised and vigilant, so the Portuguese winger was passed on systematically as he jinked across the Reds’ regimented back four. The 25-year-old interlinked sensibly with Joe Bryan, a connection that’s strengthening, but the pair weren’t able to unsettle Nottingham’s fortitude frequently enough.

Knockaert had more freedom against Robinson, but a deadly final product eluded the fiery Frenchman’s outing. The Brighton and Hove Albion loanee occasionally swapped sides with Cav’ in the hope of disorientating Forest’s defensive composure, although our disciplined guests weren’t fooled. Knockaert’s destined header in the 52nd minute was denied by Brice Samba, a moment that aptly summed up his and Cav’s day by the river. Close, but no smoking cigar.

Sess’ Sorry Shortcoming
They’re not many fullbacks in the Championship that are capable of leashing a player of Sammy Ameobi’s physical stature, and whilst Steven Sessegnon’s been a reinvigorating breath of fresh air this season, the 19-year-old plummeted back down to earth with a questionably suspect performance. Mistakes were made, but for a youngster of his relative inexperience, the odd faux pas is fully expected. Rather him than Cyrus Christie, still.

Ameobi overpowered Sess’ through sheer strength, not guile, and though the Young Lion shadowed the former Bolton Wanderers man intently, he was second best in shoulder to shoulder battles and aerial duels. The teenager took aim and trialled Samba’s reactions with stinging shots from range, but truthfully, the fledgling right-back did seem marginally out of his depth and his naivety was exploited, cruelly, just after the hour mark.

A misplaced pass was gobbled up by Lewis Grabban, who wasted no time in surging towards the target at the youngster’s expense. Within a matter of seconds, Forest had doubled their lead and Fulham’s hopes of clawing their way back into the encounter diminished as a direct result. This is purely an observation, as I thought that he actually grafted admirably for the most part, and if anything, he’ll learn from his damning mishap, a drawback that will undoubtedly shape his character as a valued prospect. Benched against the Saints, reflection is critical to this.

Making Mitro’ Matter
That’s four in four for Aleksandar Mitrovic this season, a superb return for the strapping Serb, who’s set to have a very prolific season indeed for Fulham. His 80th-minute strike sparked a turbulent final 18 minutes – including stoppage time – but further reward wasn’t on the agenda. Mitro’ will register an extensive catalogue of goals this term, but for that to come to prominence, he needs feeding. Against Forest, the 24-year-old was practically famished.

Mitro’ registered 5 shots throughout, but real golden opportunities to test the target were few and far between. Forest sat deep, of course, constricting the space that Mitro’ had to work with, but as we’ve already discovered in those circumstances, we have to pepper the 18-yard box. At least offer him something to greet, even if it’s a speculative cross into congestion – his goal is a prime of example of his poacher’s instinct. Also, with his back to goal, he’ll swivel and unleash on site, it was just desperately unfortunate that Forest’s Samba was in fine fettle on the day.

When Mitro’s under close quarantine it’s always going to be a problematic task, but 9 times out of 10, even whilst being snared by three markers at once, he comes out on top. Joe Worrall and Michael Dawson segregated Mitro’, hampering his influence upon proceedings, but it only takes him a split second to alter affairs in the most minuet or margins. So going forward, as the plot thickens, find his feet, chest or head at all costs, as he’s worth at least 1 killer blow a game, wherever he may find himself in the final third.

Second String Sighting
In the name of Mickey Mouse cup competition tradition, Fulham fielded a second string against Southampton and the fans, as well as Scotty P, got a glimpse of our back up brigade and the shape its in. We may have lost, although there is reason to be cheerful, kinda. Bobby Reid battered the underside of the crossbar in a meeting deprived of genuine game-splitting instances for the home side and Marek Rodak now has his own die hard fan club. Kevin McDonald at centre-half? Well, Parker did learn from Claudio Ranieri, I suppose.

Aboubakar Kamara, the man with trampolines for feet, emerged from the bench in the 74th minute on Saturday to provide Mitro’ with an assist and he was given the nod to start against the Saints. The 24-year-old will literally charge in a perfectly straight line, eyes closed, if he has to. He is the human equivalent of a catapult laden with elbows, thighs and really angry rattle snakes. You could also use the same description for Stefan Johansen, with his atrocious challenges and various flashes of horrible whatnot.

Our south coast visitors had 19 shots at Rodak, seven on target, but only one dodged Rodak’s razor-sharp palms. He’s the guy your bird tells you to not worry about, Betts. There were a host of bright youngsters in the offing, but in stoppage time, we were introduced to Martell Taylor-Crossdale and I’m deeply excited to see more of him in future. He had no defining impact, but he’s still Bisto. Matt O’Riley’s got game, too, and hopefully it’ll be the first outing of many this season for the lofty midfielder with a touch of satin. A pint-sized Tyrese Francois, along with Ben Davis, made late cameos, reaffirming the significance of our prospect pool at Mostpur Park. Without dwelling on defeats any longer, we’ll see you Friday, Colin.

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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2019, 08:10:44 AM »
Obafemi sends Saints through

Michael Obafemi grabbed the only goal of the game as Southampton knocked Fulham out of the League Cup in a low-key encounter at Craven Cottage this evening.

Scott Parker shuffled his starting line-up, making nine changes from the side that were beaten by Nottingham Forest on Saturday, with an eye on Friday’s crucial trip to Cardiff City in the Championship. The Fulham boss handed a debut to former Tottenham midfielder Josh Onomah and a first start to forward Bobby Decordova-Reid, whilst also offering first-team opportunities to Matt O’Riley and Luca de la Torre.

The Whites more than matched their Premier League opponents during a tight first-half, even though Ralf Hassenhuttl stayed true to his word and named a strong side. The hosts made the brighter start with Decordova-Reid rattling the crossbar from an early free-kick and former QPR goalkeeper Alex McCarthy producing a smart reaction save to tip over Cyrus Christie’s header from the rebound.

American midfielder de la Torre, who faded after a lively start, drifted infield effectively in the early stages. He showed great pace to accelerate away from the Southampton defence but skewed a shot wide from a promising position and then similarly lacked the composure to finish a fine move featuring Kamara and Decordova-Reid, who also shot wide from the edge of the box. O’Riley, who sent the game’s first effort high into the Putney End, showed the poise and range of passing that has seen him highlighted as the pick of the academy prospects for the past couple of seasons, but Fulham lacked the punch up front to capitalise on his vision.

Southampton gradually grew into the contest over a slow start and their top flight quality began to show. Marek Rodak had an outstanding game in the Fulham goal, first being called into action as he lunged low at his near post to prevent a Cedric Soares’ cross from reaching two Saints’ attackers. Nathan Redmond looked the most likely to trouble a makeshift Fulham defence, that included stand-in skipper Kevin McDonald at centre back, but the Scottish international denied both him and Moussa Djenpo in quick succession with brave blocks. The bright Redmond threatened again on the stroke of half-time, but drove a speculative shot over the bar.

Southampton stepped things up after the break and put the Fulham goal under some concerted pressure. James Ward-Prowse, impressive at the heart of the Saints midfield, curled a free-kick narrowly over and then, after being presented with a glorious opportunity by a loose Maxime Le Marchand pass, Oriel Romeu was repelled by the onrushing Rodak. Redmond than glanced a header wide from an inviting Ward-Prowse set-play and you sensed an opening was coming.

The Southampton goal duly arrived just before the half mark when Redmond raced down the Fulham left, beating the covering McDonald for pace and squaring perfectly for the teenage Obafemi to slot home his second senior goal from close range. The arrival of Danny Ings and Shane Long as second half substitutes strengthened the visitors’ firepower and only a string of fine saves from Rodak kept Parker’s men in the contest.

First, the Slovenian international made himself big at his near post to prevent Ings from making an almost immediate impact from an acute angle and – after blocking another Ings effort – he plucked a Maya Yoshida header out of the air. McDonald made a couple of saving tackles as Fulham were nearly punished for playing out from the back. It was proving hard for this makeshift Fulham side to get themselves high up the pitch – and the introduction of three debutantes from the sidelines, in the shape of Tyrese Francois, Ben Davis and Martell Taylor-Crossdale, initially broke up the game’s rhythm.

Fulham’s late onslaught never really materialised. The closest the hosts’ came to an equaliser was when Decordova-Reid lashed an effort narrowly wide from the inside left position, although referee Robert Jones missed the clear deflection that had taken it wide of the post. Both Taylor-Crossdale and Francois made their presence felt in the final stages, but the Whites looked for an extra pass rather than the shot as time ticked away and Southampton fully deserved their place in the third round.

FULHAM (4-3-3): Rodak; Christie, Bryan, McDonald, Le Marchand; Onomah, Johansen (Francois 80), O’Riley; de la Torre (Davis 90), Kamara (Taylor-Crossdale 90), Decordova-Reid. Subs (not used): Norman, Opoku, Odoi, S. Sessegnon.

BOOKED: Johansen, Le Marchand.

SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-2-2): McCarthy; Soares, Hojberg, Bednarek (Yoshida 60), Danso; Romeu, Ward-Prowse; Boufal, Djenpo; Redmond (Long 76), Obafemi (Ings 68). Subs (not used): Gunn, Stephens, Valery, Armstrong.

BOOKED: Danso, Ward-Prowse.

REFEREE: Robert Jones (Merseyside).


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‘A lot of positives’ for Parker despite cup defeat

Fulham 0 Southampton 1

Scott Parker insisted there were “a lot of positives’ after Fulham made a swift exit from the Carabao Cup despite being the better side for much of the second-round tie.

They were on top for most of the first half at Craven Cottage, where Josh Onomah made his Whites debut in a much-changed side following his recent move from Tottenham.

But their Premier League opponents moved up a gear after the interval and Michael Obafemi’s goal on 57 minutes was enough to take Southampton through.

Obafemi tapped in from close range after being found unmarked by Nathan Redmond’s low cross from the left.

There were also debuts for Martell Taylor-Crossdale, who left Chelsea to join Fulham earlier this summer, and academy players Ben Davis and Tyrese Francois – all three came on as substitutes.

And goalkeeper Marek Rodák, making only his second first-team appearance for the club, produced a number of saves to prevent a second Southampton goal, the best couple of which denied Redmond and Danny Ings.

“There’s a lot of positives,” said Whites boss Parker. “I think it’s fair to say we controlled the game in the first half.

“Six lads from the academy involved and more senior players, who’ve had a very good pre-season and found themselves on the side, getting a bit of game time as well – so yes, pleased.”

Fulham: Rodak, Christie, McDonald, Le Marchand, Bryan, O’Riley, Onomah, Johansen (Francois 80), Kamara (Taylor-Crossdale 90), De La Torre (Davis 90), Reid.
Subs not used: Norman, Opoku, Odoi, Sessegnon.

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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2019, 08:14:23 AM »
Footballer Ben Davis makes first-team debut for Fulham

Singaporean footballer Ben Davis. (File photo: TODAY/Nuria Ling)

SINGAPORE: Singaporean youngster Ben Davis made his first team debut for Fulham Football Club on Tuesday (Aug 27), coming on as a substitute in a Carabao Cup clash at home to Southampton.

The local footballer took to the field in the 89th minute as a substitute for Luca De Le Torre, as Championship outfit Fulham fell to a 1-0 defeat against the Premier League side.

"The most pleasing thing for me was that the young players got a chance to be involved and around it," said Fulham manager Scott Parker in his post-match conference.

"This football club's known to give young players an opportunity and it's certainly something I believe in.

"I want every young player at this football club to understand that if they do things the right way, work hard, they'll get an opportunity."

Earlier this year, it was announced that Davis had defaulted on his National Service (NS) obligations, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) had said.

Davis, 18, signed a two-year contract with Fulham, the club announced in July last year. He is the first Singaporean to sign a professional contract with a top-tier English club. Fulham were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season.

The former Singapore Sports School student had joined Fulham on a two-year scholarship deal in July 2017.

His application to defer his national service enlistment was rejected by MINDEF, who said he did not “meet the criteria for long-term deferment from full-time NS".
Source: CNA/ic(rw)


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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2019, 08:15:30 AM »
Ex-Tottenham star Josh Onomah slated by fans on Fulham debut

Tottenham Hotspur let the young midfielder join Fulham this summer.

Josh Onomah's first game since leaving Tottenham Hotspur this month didn't go all that well, going by social media reaction.

Fulham were dumped out of the Carabao Cup after losing 1-0 at home to Premier League side Southampton last night.

The Cottagers signed the 22-year-old in a part-exchange deal that saw Ryan Sessegnon join Tottenham.

Onomah, who began his career with Spurs, lasted the full 90 minutes, but suffice to say that fans of the West London club weren't thrilled with his debut.

It's worth pointing out that this was the Tottenham product's first game for his new club - and it came against Premier League opposition.

With that in mind, it's probably wise to not judge him too harshly.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was a fan of the young midfielder and just because he was cut loose by the North Londoners, it doesn't mean that he isn't a very good footballer.

He has done relatively well in the Championship during previous spells with Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday and, despite his apparent struggles last night, he has a lot more to offer.