After four seasons out of the Premier League, Fulham returned to the top flight after beating Aston Villa in the Championship Play-off Final last season. Thanks to the stewardship of Slavisa Jokanovic, Fulham played some of the best football in the Championship and fired themselves to promotion but this season, it hasn’t been quite so easy.
Jokanovic had received high praise last season for guiding Fulham to promotion last year and had even been linked with the Chelsea job towards the end of the season. The former Watford manager had risen his stock massively last year and was regarded as one of the better managers in the country.
Over the summer, he was given a whole of host of new players as Fulham invested heavily into the squad to try and keep them in the league. Aleksandar Mitrovic was signed on a permanent deal while Fulham also signed the likes of Jean Michael Seri, Alfie Mawson and Andre Zambo Anguissa to name just a few.
Going forward, Fulham have played well overall despite only scoring three goals in their last five games. At the back, however, Fulham have been terrible and at the moment, it seems as though Jokanovic doesn’t know his best defence as he seems to change from game to game.
The Cottagers have conceded a league-high, 28 goals this season and at the moment sit second from bottom – two points ahead of Huddersfield.
With that terrible defence, the pressure is on Jokanovic to turn things around and quick. The manager cannot argue that he wasn’t backed in the transfer market and therefore, the emphasis is very much on his poor performance as coach.
No Premier League side has ever conceded more goals in their opening 10 games and if that defence doesn’t tighten up, the winds of change could be about to come through Craven Cottage and there’s no doubt that Jokanovic could be on the chopping block.