Fulham fans in the Transfer Tavern can’t wait for the Premier League season to begin and our punters are confident they can beat the drop next year.
Slavisa Jokanovic guided the Cottagers to promotion after beating Aston Villa in the playoff final. They earned plenty of praise for their style of football, but it remains to be seen how they will fare after stepping up to the highest level. With a few signings, Fulham will be confident of avoiding relegation.
Jokanovic is yet to make a signing this summer which is worrying with the transfer window closing at an earlier date of August 9 after clubs voted on the matter last season. Strengthening the squad will be vital given the strength of the promoted clubs and the finances available to the Premier League sides. The Cottagers should target a strong, combative midfielder to partner Tom Cairney in the engine room.
The perfect signing could be Saint Etienne midfielder – Yann M’Vila. Valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, the Frenchman is no stranger to life in England following a spell with Sunderland back in 2015. The 28-year-old was a key player for the Black Cats, making 37 appearances as they narrowly avoided relegation. The Sunderland faithful were outraged when they decided against making his stay permanent.
He returned to Saint Ettiene after leaving Rubin Kazan in January and made 15 appearances as they finished seventh in Ligue 1. M’Vila is excellent at winning the ball back and has an eye for a pass too; making him a great signing for Fulham.
His experience in the Premier League could be vital in the long-term as they look to maintain their Premier League status. The former France international is nowhere near finished and could turn out to be a fantastic signing.
Fulham fans, thoughts?