Claudio Ranieri has an enormous task on his hands to keep Fulham in the Premier League.
The Italian replaced Slavisa Jokanovic with the Cottagers rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table after 12 games. The Whites returned to England’s top division after beating Aston Villa in the playoff last year, but their early form indicated they were set for a swift return to the Championship. Ultimately, the Fulham board were forced to take action and Ranieri is the man who they believe can guide them to safety.
The defence will be Ranieri’s biggest concern with Fulham conceding more goals than anyone else in the division thus far. The January transfer window is approaching and the former Chelsea boss would be wise to bolster his options in defence.
One man he could target is West Ham outcast – Reece Oxford. Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the young defender emerged as one of the country’s leading prospects after graduating from West Ham’s famed youth academy. Oxford sat on the bench for the senior side aged just 15 and was tipped to be the future of the Hammers’ team. However, after two disappointing loan spells with Borussia Monchengladbach, he remains out of favour under Manuel Pellegrini and perhaps could be set for a January exit.
Fulham should offer him the chance to stay in England. Oxford will be short of confidence and desperately needs a spell under a manager who believes in him to bring the best out of him. Moving to Craven Cottage could be just what he needs to fulfil his potential. The 20-year-old is also comfortable at defensive midfield which would give Ranieri even more quality options when on the back foot.
Potentially available at a great price, this move should be a no-brainer.
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