After the jubilation of being promoted, it’s been a tough return to the Premier League for Fulham this year.
The west London side heavily invested in the squad over the summer but have struggled to keep clean sheets and at the back they look very vulnerable. Going forward, however, they look a good side and the new arrival Jean Michael Seri looks like he could be a superb piece of business.
Partnering Seri in midfield, has been fellow summer arrival Andre Zambo Anguissa. So with both making the move from Ligue 1 to the Premier League over the summer, let’s compare the two.
Jean Michael Seri
Linked with a move to Barcelona last year, Seri’s arrival in London was met with surprise at how a club like Fulham could capture a player of the talent of the 27-year-old. The Ivory Coast international had become one of the better players during his time with Nice and so far, he’s made a solid start to his career at Craven Cottage.
This season he’s had the most passes and most touches while also having to contribute heavily in defence. While not outstanding, he’s made a solid start to his career with Fulham and seems to have made an easy transition into Jokanovic’s side.
His all-around game is very rounded and as such, he’s going to give Fulham the ability to play in multiple formations. At the back Fulham might look a bit shaky but going forward with Seri orchestrating things, they look very strong for a promoted side.
TT Grade: A-
André Zambo Anguissa
Arriving for £30 million in the summer, much like Seri, Anguissa looks like he can do a bit of everything in midfield. Technically, he’s very capable of taking the ball in tight areas and has got the ability to link up with the play going forward although he can be a bit clumsy in the final third.
Due to his physical presence, he’s very capable of sitting at the base of midfield and has often partnered Seri there this season. Despite featuring heavily for Fulham this season, Anguissa has failed to really live up to the hype that surrounded him in pre-season and apart from his superb performance against Millwall in the EFL Cup, he hasn’t quite hit his stride yet.
He’s got plenty of potential and is still raw, so needs to be given time before we can make a fair judgement.
TT Grade: B-
Due to the difference in age and experience, it’s quite an easy battle to evaluate. Anguissa is still very raw and at 22, he’s still learning the game. He has the talent and physical attributes to play in the league but he needs time to settle in.
Seri on the other hand, looks like a quality player already. The 27-year-old has made an instant impact on the club and it would be no surprise to see him linked with some of the Premier League heavyweights next summer.
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