It has been a horrendous return to the Premier League after four years away, hasn’t it Fulham fans?
The Cottagers played a superb brand of football to achieve promotion via the Championship play-offs last season yet the club’s inability to adapt to the pace and physicality of England’s top flight division has seen them pay a hefty price for their failures.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s outrageous spending in the summer transfer window saw the big money arrivals of Aleksander Mitrovic, Andre Zambo Anguissa, Alfie Mawson and Jean-Michael Seri who have all failed to perform consistently in the Premier League.
Furthermore, the loan signing of Andre Schurrle from Borussia Dortmund has not had the desired the impact on the squad as his form has been sporadic at best with the German scoring six goals in 22 appearances this season.
Whereas many supporters would point towards an alteration in tactics by both Jokanovic, who was sacked in November, and Claudio Ranieri, who was also dismissed by the club last month, the blame ultimately has to be placed upon the players.
No matter what the system, to concede 68 goals in just 30 games demonstrates that there is a fundamental problem in the heart of defence as the club have only managed to keep two clean sheets this season.
By discarding the nucleus of the squad who achieved promotion last season for imports from across Europe who hadn’t experienced English football before, Fulham were taking a huge risk which ultimately hasn’t paid off at all. It could be argued that if they had started this year with the exact same team as the one that featured in the play-off final against Aston Villa, they may have found themselves in a better position than they are in now.
The attitude displayed recently by the players in dismal defeats against the likes of Southampton and Crystal Palace has been very despondent as they seem to lose confidence whenever they go behind no matter what the situation is.
With the club now thirteen points from safety and needing a miracle to stay up, new boss Scott Parker should consider picking the players who will definitely feature in the Championship next season as it is almost guaranteed that some of their arrivals last season will be looking to move on in the summer.
If the Cottagers do experience a slightly better end to this year’s campaign it could stand them in good stead for the 2019/20 campaign and by doing so, give the supporters something to cheer about after a miserable campaign.
What do you think Fulham fans? Who is to blame for your awful Premier League campaign? Should Parker leave out your big money signings for the last eight games? Get in touch below.