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Monday Fulham Stuff - 11/10/21...
« on: October 11, 2021, 08:51:08 AM »
2 of Fulham’s most exciting youngsters: Is a first-team chance on the horizon? What do they offer?

After a reasonably poor run of games since the international break by their standards, promotion favourites Fulham have slipped down to fifth place in the Championship going into their next set of fixtures.

Previously title contenders with the likes of summer signings Harry Wilson and Paulo Gazzaniga at their disposal, they will now need to regain the consistency they showed during the early stages of the 2020/21 campaign if they want to assert themselves as the team to beat in the second tier.

Losses to Blackpool, Reading and Coventry City since the last international interval have set them back in their quest to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking though, with the defeat against the latter arguably their lowest point of the season thus far.

Although the Sky Blues are currently the strongest out of the trio, the manner in which the Cottagers fell to a 4-1 defeat was a real blow and something manager Marco Silva will need to pick them up from as they face the likes of Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion after the break.

Despite the quality of some of their players on paper, even making them favourites to win promotion without world-class midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa at their disposal, Silva may decide to turn to some of his younger players to give the west London side a much-needed boost.

We have selected just two of the brightest Fulham prospects who could make a big impact at Craven Cottage this term.

Fabio Carvalho
The 19-year-old has made a big impact in the Cottagers’ first team already this season, after making his senior breakthrough in the English capital last term as he made four Premier League appearances.

His goal against Southampton in May should have been a warning to second-tier sides this term, because he has already recorded three goals and one assist in five Championship displays so far in 2021/22 before sustaining a foot injury.

That injury has kept him out of action since the last international break and just by looking at recent results, you can tell they have missed the England youth international’s energy and presence in the advanced midfield position.

He has been clinical so far this term, something many of his other teammates haven’t been, especially against the likes of Reading and Leeds United and is something they have been punished for.

Not only has he been clinical, but he also offers versatility with the ability to play out wide, in an advanced midfield position in the centre and up front. That will be useful when injuries start to creep in during the winter period – and it seems as though he will be back very soon to get the Cottagers back on track.

Fulham’s next task? Tying him down to a long-term deal.

Jay Stansfield
After working every day with Marco Silva on the training ground, Fulham fans should be looking out for 18-year-old Jay Stansfield, who will become a key player for Fulham if he can continue to develop and fulfil his potential.

Scoring 22 goals in 14 U18 Premier League appearances during the 2019/20 season, Stansfield has established himself as one of the most promising youngsters in the club’s youth ranks.

Injuries have disrupted his development since, but he is now fit and raring to go and has appeared on the bench twice in the Championship this season, also appearing in the Carabao Cup and scoring an exceptional goal away at Birmingham City.

And after scoring three goals in three games in the Premier League 2 division this term, more first-team opportunities could arise if the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic and/or Rodrigo Muniz are ruled out through injuries or suspensions.

With those two senior options, it’s unlikely we will see the 18-year-old start in the second tier this term but the FA Cup is around the corner. With the need to rest players in their quest for promotion, it would be no surprise to see the Cottagers start Stansfield in that competition.

What does he offer? Goals, goals, goals. He’s definitely one man they could look to include if the goals dry up again.

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2021, 08:53:25 AM »
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2021, 08:54:37 AM »
Fulham: Fans react to contract claims surrounding Fabio Carvalho

Fulham fans have been reacting to claims that have emerged regarding young prospect Fabio Carvalho.

The 19-year-old midfielder has certainly left his mark on the Fulham side this season, scoring 3 goals in his 5 Championship appearances before his injury, this after leaving an incredible mark on the club’s academy side when he scored 11 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions for the U23 side last campaign.

His talents are appreciated far beyond the walls of Craven Cottage though, with a number of clubs showing an interest in picking him up next summer when his contract expires.

Journalist Peter Rutzler did note a few months ago that things were looking positive when it came to him signing a new deal that would keep him at the club, but things appear to have changed on that front, with Rutzler now claiming that “Carvalho’s future at Fulham remains unresolved and that is unlikely to change before January, when he hopes to switch agents.”

January is also significant because it is at that time he will be free to talk to clubs abroad and sign a pre-contract deal, and when the news reached Fulham fans on Twitter, there was much despondency amongst a number of supporters that they could be set to lose a player who has been dubbed by some as a ‘teen sensation’:

“This is a very unhealthy trend of young talented players not signing new contracts. Do we not value them enough? What’s the point of having a youth system if we don’t progress the best young players? So do we refuse to play them unless they sign?”
“So he’s leaving then, if he doesn’t sign by January he is free to talk to other teams.”
“This sucks.”
“God watch us collapse from January”
“What exactly is happening, or not happening, at our academy to make this seemingly happen time and again?”

Having already lost promising youngsters Patrick Roberts, Ryan Sessegnon and Harvey Elliott over the years, Carvalho could well become the latest name from the Motspur Park conveyor belt to leave the club.