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Re: Monday Fulham Stuff - 09/08/21...
« Reply #20 on: August 09, 2021, 08:30:31 AM »
Transfer Rumour: Norwich Chasing Fulham Youngster Fabio Carvalho

Fulham youngster Fabio Carvalho is wanted by all of Leeds United, Norwich City, West Ham and Porto, according to the Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail reports that the young Englishman has rejected a fresh contract offer from the London club amid interest from Leeds United, Norwich City and West Ham, with Portuguese giants Porto also claimed to be in the running.

Carvalho is a product of the Fulham youth academy. He made his debut in the Premier League last season bursting onto the professional scene with a debut goal v Southampton.

He’d go on to feature four times in the top flight as Scott Parker’s side were relegated but under new manager Marco Silva in their opening game of the new season yesterday, Carvalho was handed a start.

The midfielder started in the no.10 role and gave a good account of himself as Fulham drew 1-1 with Middlesbrough. But now Carvalho is at a contract ‘impasse’ as Daily Mail put it and with little under three weeks of the transfer window left, he could yet seal himself a return to the Premier League.

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Carvalho has rejected Fulham’s opening contract offer. It’s a brave move from the 18-year-old and it’s brought a lot of transfer attention unto himself – something which Fulham obviously won’t want to see.

Silva will be eager to tie Carvalho down to a new and improved deal as to avoid losing him for free next summer but this month could be a very nervy one for the Whites as the likes of Leeds, Norwich and West Ham all lurk.

Carvalho is a player with bags of potential and his contract situation could become a real source of pain for Fulham this season.

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Re: Monday Fulham Stuff - 09/08/21...
« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2021, 08:31:11 AM »
Jack and Loz at the Cottage - Blog 183
Date: 8th August 2021

Opposition: Middlesbrough

Score: 1-1

Fulham goal scorer: Harry Wilson

Weather: sunshine and downpours

Atmosphere: football is back!

MOTM: Has any new player made such an instant impact since the Pog? We were impressed with Harry Wilson even without his goal but if he carries on playing like he did on Sunday he’s going to become a very big fan favourite very fast. Shout outs to the ever green Tim Ream and the ever ready Josh Onomah who both plunged back into the Championship like they never went away

Pub: the Blue Boat

In the words of Take That, “Everything changes but you.” Different manager, different league, different players, different world. Same old Fulham. We still can’t defend a one goal lead, we still waste too many chances and we still give the ball away too much.

As exciting as it was to be back at the Cottage with a near capacity crowd, the match started scrappily and had a real first game of the season feel all the way through. The team hasn’t yet gelled, few players looked really sharp, the youngsters aren’t quite ready for a full 90 minutes in the maelstrom of a Championship match and even the old hands were struggling to find their feet.

But within the chaos of misplaced passes and the frustration of poor finishing a new and interesting brand of football is emerging. Apparent in glimpses for much of the match and only fully visible in the period around Harry’s goal, Marco’s method of pacy, sustained attack, players tearing forward down the wings and flinging crosses into the box produced every worthwhile attack of the game and promises a season of fast and frantic football which could rock the Cottage to its foundations.

Kenny Tete has mastered the art already, cool, polished, unruffled and clicking with Harry like old drinking pals reuniting after lockdown. On the other flank, things weren’t as slick. Neeskens Kebano played well, despite getting flung around in some over enthusiastic (but largely unpunished) tackles but he wasn’t clinical in front of goal. Antonee Robinson was fast but purposeless, put off perhaps by his early strike on Fulham’s goal which Gazzaniga only just saved.

The assist for our goal came from Josh Onomah, a man we know thrives in the brutal battleground of the Championship. Josh was commanding in the first half but drifted a little in the second. That’s nothing to be concerned about though and with Tom Cairney on long term sick leave, we are expecting to see a lot of Josh this season and for him to get better and better with every game.

Next to Josh was Tyrese Francois, our MOTM in last week’s friendly. Once again Tyrese looked good but one of the things the team was really missing against an organised but ill-disciplined Boro side, was an experienced, no nonsense CDM. Assuming Frank’s absence signals his impending departure, we look forward to watching Harrison Tenacity Reed taken centre stage as soon as he can.

Of course the other thing the team was really missing was a striker who could dominate the box and here we must look at the faintly smouldering elephant in the room. We haven’t watched Mitro play a decent game of football for eighteen months. We have watched him huff and puff and pick up yellow cards, we have watched him flicker into life for moments then fade away but we haven’t seen the Mitro who we know and love - the Mitro who knows where the goal is and will put his body and soul on the line to force the ball into it, the Mitro who by strength and guile will turn a half chance into a goal, the Mitro of whom defences are terrified. Mitro on fire.

On Sunday, there was huffing and puffing and a yellow card but not much else. He was heavily marked but we know he enjoys the physical side of the game and he can relish those challenges rather than being constrained by them. We don’t want this to be the end of the road for Mitro at Fulham but we need goals, Marco’s system needs a target man and our tainted hero looks burnt out.

There’s one more thing that doesn’t change of course - Neil Warnock is as comfortable in the Championship as he is in a tatty old tracksuit. He planned a smash and grab, played for the draw and got what he wanted. We knew their goal was coming but couldn’t seem to do anything about it. His subs changed the game and Fulham’s couldn’t counter them. Bobby Reid looked lively but Cav and AK did more harm than good.

We came away from the Cottage exhilarated but disappointed. We were better than Boro but we only got a draw. The team is a work in a progress but we’ve been saying that for 4 seasons. This one has to be different.

Random musings:-

- Harry and Boa came over to the Hammy End after everyone else had disappeared. The former so he could give his shirt away, the latter so he could wave to his fans and (helpfully) do some litter picking

- just like against Charlton, it’s Boa’s name which was sung the most. We can imagine Marco saying to him (in Portuguese) “D’you think they’ll sing my name soon?” and as Take Me Home Al Fayed reverberates around the ground, Boa replying, “errr…….”

- we were pleased to see Marco wearing a suit for the game. He must be delighted to have come to a club where his wardrobe of black suits and white shirts blends in so well

- Tim Ream captained the side with pride and ease (again) but it was interesting that he delegated some of the directions at the back to Tosin

- shame about his football but Cav has some nice go-faster braids

- we really want to see Joe Bryan play football again.

One down, 45 to go. Sounds like plenty of time for the team to crystallise and improve. We saw more to be excited about than disheartened by on Sunday but when you’re aiming for automatic promotion there is very little room for error. And, as we all know, in the Championship, time is never on your side.