To say that Fulham’s return to the English top-flight has been a disaster would probably be a slight understatement.
The Cottagers currently sit in 20th in the Premier League on -30 goal difference (the worst in the league), and are already one manager down following the sacking of Slavisa Jokanovic.
Claudio Ranieri is the elected man to take on the impossible mission, which he’s no stranger to following his 5000/1 Title win, but is this a bridge too far?
Indeed, there’s only so much a manager can do to change a club’s fortunes. And, if Ranieri fails to rally his players in the next set of fixtures against Southampton, Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester United, we suspect his job of motivating the players and squeezing performances out of them will be made 10x harder.
With so much talent in the Fulham squad, fans might find themselves watching a number of the better players abandoning ship come 2019.
Here are two players we expect will be begging for an exit next year…
Jean Michaël Seri
We expect Seri’s journey through English football will be similar to that of Idrissa Gueye. Arrive from a French club in the summer, play as the standout performer, see your team relegated, and then get poached by one of the more solid sides in the Premier League.
There’s no doubt that Seri is one of the few footballers in the Fulham squad that actually possesses sufficient quality to play in the Premier League. He’s agile and industrious, knows how to find a pass, and is incredibly effective on the ball. A complete midfielder, if you will.
Seri won’t be short of suitors if Fulham are relegated at the end of the season.
Ryan Sessegnon earned himself a place in the EFL Team of the Season last year, alongside the title of Championship Player and EFL Young player of the Season, but hasn’t managed to find his groove so far.
Despite the young winger being the subject of interest from a number of top club’s this summer, including the likes of Tottenham, he opted to stay and help at his current club and reject a move away.
Unfortunately, his loyalty doesn’t seem to have paid off. And he may already be considering his options for a move away.