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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff - 17/09/21...
« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2021, 12:33:18 AM »
Pompey running rule over former Fulham man after summer release from Craven Cottage
Ryan De Havilland is training with Pompey after his summer exit from Fulham.

The 20-year-old has been with the Blues first-team set-up at their Roko training base as he looks for a new club.

Danny Cowley confirmed the midfielder has been present for a section of pre-season and sung the praises of the Londoner’s potential.

De Havilland progressed through the youth ranks at Craven Cottage after joining the club from Reading as a child.

He failed to make a significant impact at first-team level, however, with his only appearances being three EFL Trophy outings last term.

That led to a departure in June, as one of nine players told they were not being handed a new deal.

Now Danny Cowley is running the rule over De Havilland - and there is a lot he likes about his game.

He said: ‘Ryan De Havilland is here.

‘Ryan has been here for a lot of pre-season.

‘He’s a great kid, very technical and a really good footballer.

‘He’s a lovely footballer and he makes training better every day.

‘He’s between clubs, so he’s helping us and we’re helping him. It works for us both.’

As an out-of-contract player there would be nothing to stop Cowley offering De Havilland a deal if he was keen.

The Pompey boss has spoken of his desire to have a group of promising young players on the fringes of his first team.

Jayden Reid and Liam Vincent both fall into that category, although both are currently injured.

Cowley confirmed talks are ongoing over a deal for Jay Mingi, despite his threat of legal action against the club.

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff - 17/09/21...
« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2021, 12:35:33 AM »
Preview: Fulham vs. Reading - prediction, team news, lineups

Championship leaders Fulham welcome Reading to Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

The Cottagers have taken 16 points from their first seven games of the season, while the Royals have seven points and sit 18th.

Match preview
After losing 1-0 at Blackpool last weekend, Fulham bounced back with an emphatic 4-1 win over Birmingham City on Wednesday night.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice, while Denis Odoi and Harry Wilson also got on the scoresheet as Marco Silva's side reinforced their promotion credentials at St. Andrew's.

It is unsurprising that Fulham have both the best attack (17 goals scored) and the joint-best defence (five goals conceded) in the Championship, and they are unlikely to stray too far from the top two this season.

The Cottagers remain unbeaten at home in 2021-22, having taken seven points from nine games at Craven Cottage, conceding just once.

That is bad news for Reading, who have lost all three of their away games this season and have not won any of their last nine matches on the road since beating Rotherham United at the end of February.

On Tuesday night, the Royals won for the first time in five games as they beat fellow strugglers Peterborough United 3-1 at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

John Swift continued his impressive early season form with a superb free-kick and Watford loanee Tom Dele-Bashiru netted his first two goals for the club.

Veljko Paunovic's side have the joint-worst defence in the Championship with 17 goals conceded, but at the other end of the pitch only Fulham and Queens Park Rangers have scored more goals than Reading (13).

The Royals won on their last visit to Craven Cottage, as Swift and Charlie Adam netted in a 2-1 victory on New Year's Day in 2020.

Fulham Championship form:

    W    W    W    W    L    W

Fulham form (all competitions):

    W    W    W    W    L    W

Reading Championship form:

    W    L    L    L    D    W

Team News
Former Reading loanee Nathaniel Chalobah impressed on his Fulham debut against Birmingham in midweek and should keep his place in midfield.

The Cottagers are likely to still be without teenager Fabio Carvalho, who has missed the last two games with a toe injury.

Mitrovic scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season on Wednesday night, a tally only bettered by Reading's John Swift.

Swift has seven goals and three assists to his name, meaning he has played a part in 77% of Reading's goals this season.

The hand injury suffered by Royals goalkeeper Rafael Cabral is not as bad as first feared and the Brazilian is already back in training, but backup Luke Southwood should remain between the sticks at Craven Cottage.

Captain Liam Moore was forced off injured against Peterborough in midweek, with Tom Holmes likely to replace him in the centre of defence.

Fulham possible starting lineup:
Gazzaniga; Odoi, Adarabioyo, Ream, Bryan; Seri, Reed, Chalobah; Wilson, Mitrovic, Reid

Reading possible starting lineup:
Southwood; Yiadom, Holmes, Morrison, Rahman; Dele-Bashiru, Laurent; Hoilett, Swift, Ejaria; Puscas

We say: Fulham 3-1 Reading

Fulham showed how dangerous they can be on Wednesday night, and will be in a confident mood going up against the Championship's joint-worst defence. Reading will be boosted by their midweek win, but this is another challenge entirely and the Royals could be in for a tough afternoon.

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff - 17/09/21...
« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2021, 01:06:22 AM »
Jack and Loz Not at St Andrews - Blog 187
Date: 15th September 2021

Opposition: Birmingham City

Score: 1-4

Fulham goal scorers: Odoi, 🔥(pen), Wilson, 🔥

MOTM: Birmingham could have thrown everything up to and including the kitchen sink into Fulham’s 18 yard box on Wednesday night and Tosin would have headed it away. Although his promise was tinged with hesitancy in the Premier League, Tosin is maturing into a strong, solid and skilful defender

Dinner: Loz - dolmades and olives; Jack - veggie pasta

On Saturday, Marco Silva made his first Fulham mistake. At Blackpool, he picked a team who were too jaded and jet-lagged to deal with Tangerine’s ambition, enthusiasm and fruitiness. Previously stellar Fulham looked very ordinary indeed and were toppled from top spot in the table.

Fans were nervous, therefore, about our next match being against Birmingham, a tall, tough side who had [note the use of the past tense there] the best defence in the league. Having been found out by Blackpool, we had lost the fear factor that being unbeaten provides and wily Lee Bowyer would be looking to capitalise on any weaknesses.

Marco mixed things up (which, Frankly, he should have done on Saturday) by bringing Harry Wilson back from injury and Joe Bryan back from the wilderness. Nathaniel Chalobah earned his first start.

It was a strange game. There was almost no fast, fluid, free-flowing football. There was very little action in midfield. Instead, there was a series of vignettes at either end of the pitch during which either Birmingham would launch an attack which ended in a Tosin header or a Gazzaniga save, or Fulham would launch an attack which ended in a Harry Wilson shot or a Fulham goal.

In and around this there were some set pieces, some long throws and and some savage fouling. Meanwhile, Fulham gave the ball away too much, everyone slipped over on the greasy surface and the referee tried to bring the outer reality into sync with his inner reality and failed.

Whilst all this made for an unattractive match it was, in its own way, refreshing. Birmingham didn’t want us to play our fast passing game so they scuffed up the pitch, played a high line and employed those darker arts of football which swirl in the murky world of the middle of the Championship table. But it didn’t matter. Joe Bryan countered those dark arts with some things he learned at public school. Jean-Michel Seri countered them with some things he learned from Stefan Johansen. Harry Wilson didn’t need to counter them because he was faster and better than everyone else on the pitch.

In short, in a scrappy, bruising match Fulham gave as good as they got. This was the eponymous ugly win - we didn’t play particularly well, we looked unbalanced and disjointed but we rocked up to a decent team’s ground, scored four goals and walked away whistling.

Leading the tune was, of course, Aleksandar Mitrovic, one day short of his 27th birthday and loving life again after the travesty of last season. He looks trimmer, fitter, faster, firerier (which is not, in fact, a word) and completely engaged in the club and the campaign. On Wednesday, the choppy play suited him and we saw him at his best - setting up his teammates, tracking back, defending set pieces as well as scoring. We all know Mitro’s history with penalties but, for now at least, he’s put it behind him and the low, left-sided bullet shot was one of the best spot-kicks we’ve ever seen him take.

His second goal was even better and something we’ve rarely seen from him before - the drive into the box, the quick exchange with Seri and then the unstoppable shot. Mitro has scored a lot of goals in his career but he hasn’t made that many for himself and if this is going to be a regular appearance, they may as well engrave Fulham’s name on the league trophy now.

We’ve mentioned Harry Wilson before but that won’t stop us mentioning him again because he quickly reminded us how much we missed him on Saturday. Harry is fast, skilful, creative and always looking to score. His teammates’ role in the match was more often than not a competition to see whose pass could set him free. As a counterpoint to Mitro’s brute force, Harry’s razor sharp trickery is inspirational. Birmingham won’t be the last team to discover they have no way to deal with the potency of this attack.

This was a good debut for Chalobah who combines the flair of Frank with the strength of Onomah and whose turn for the penalty would have made a Strictly Come Dancing judge pull out a 10. Denis, meanwhile, was favouring ballet with his trademark arching leap for the ball leading to the first goal.

The man who is going to divide the Fulham fans this season is Gazzaniga who has waltzed into the side robbing Rodak of his place. Leaving this crime aside, Paulo’s performance is worth of debate. He is a fantastic shot stopper but his distribution, which is surely the easier part of a goalkeeper’s job, is seriously suspect and we haven’t seen such dangerous faffing around at the back since the heyday of the Triangle of Doom. We think he will retain the fuchsia shirt and rightly so after the second half but some tips on how to kick the ball to a Fulham player would be useful.

We wanted a reaction to the loss at Blackpool and we got one. Birmingham’s late penalty aside, this was an excellent away performance and one which will leave future opponents suitably terrified. Needless to say, somewhere around Harry Wilson’s goal Birmingham lost their defensive record and Fulham won it. This Fulham side really is shaping up to be the perfect team.

Random musings:-

- does the Trillion in the stadium name refer to the number of empty seats?

- how many towels did the long throw guy have around the ground?

- we would have liked to have seen Muniz but hopefully he will make his home debut on Saturday

- whilst Scott Parker used to look like he was directing traffic on the touch line, Marco looks like he’s conducting an orchestra….

We are back on top of the league. West Brom and Bournemouth are snapping at our heels and they won’t make it easy for us to stay there. But on Wednesday we saw a new Fulham. Effective from corners, lethal on the counter, relentlessly attacking. Edgy, resolute, ruthless.

Take us on at your own risk.

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff - 17/09/21...
« Reply #23 on: September 17, 2021, 05:52:32 PM »
We really are unlucky having so many key midfield players injured, it is looking as if Cairney, Reed, Onamah and Carvalho could all miss the match against Reading.
The three midfield positions will then no doubt be filled by Seri, Chalobah and BDR who hopefully can hold things together.

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff - 17/09/21...
« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2021, 07:05:47 PM »
Fulham player’s agent currently ‘pushing for a transfer’ – ‘New name’ on European side’s wishlist

Even though September is normally a month when the rumour mill talks about the transfers that didn’t happen in the summer and might get a second chance soon, we now see something totally new coming from Italy regarding a Fulham player

Website Roma Today today features a piece claiming the Giallorossi have a ‘new name’ targeted for their defensive line, and that’s the Cottagers’ right-back Kenny Ttete.

The outlet points out that the player has his career managed by Mino Raiola, ‘with whom it’s never easy to deal’, but his current situation may end up favouring a move.

It’s said the agent has been ‘pushing for a transfer’, so the transfer to Roma ‘cannot be excluded’.

Roma Today has a few praises for Tete’s game, but doesn’t seem to know much about how much Roma would offer or the amount Fulham would demand for a transfer.

Still, it’s pointed out that the Giallorossi are already working on the January market, so it shouldn’t take long until there are new updates on this chase.

With his contract with Fulham running until 2024, Tete is currently valued by Transfermarkt at €5m.

£20m to Mourinho.

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff - 17/09/21...
« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2021, 08:11:00 PM »
We really are unlucky having so many key midfield players injured, it is looking as if Cairney, Reed, Onamah and Carvalho could all miss the match against Reading.
The three midfield positions will then no doubt be filled by Seri, Chalobah and BDR who hopefully can hold things together.
Silva says Onomah ok to play