Fulham supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side muster just one win from their opening eight Premier League games prior to the current break for internationals.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s men went into their most recent clash with London rivals Arsenal off the back of a 3-0 defeat at Everton in their previous league encounter, which thus left them without a win in three league matches. And the Cottagers are now winless in four games despite going in at half time 1-1 against the Gunners, with braces from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang alongside a wonderful Aaron Ramsey goal sealing a comprehensive 5-1 success for Unai Emery’s men, thus condemning Fulham to a fifth defeat of the campaign.
Thus, there have been many disappointed Fulham fans up and down the country in recent times, with the manner of their second half capitulation against Arsenal something of a concern among supporters, to the point that questions may well be asked of Jokanovic’s position as manager.
And given the huge amount of investment over the summer alongside the pre-season optimism, the Fulham boss is certainly in a precarious position, with the clock very much ticking for the ex-Watford boss to get the results needed to pull his side clear of the relegation mire.
Ultimately, there is little doubting that the 50-year-old has done a tremendous job at Craven Cottage in turning the West London club from one struggling in the lower half of the Championship to earning promotion via the play-offs a matter of months ago.
Thus, the former Chelsea midfielder certainly deserves a shot at the Premier League after failing to get that despite leading Watford to the promised land back in 2015, and the Fulham hierarchy have definitely given him the tools to succeed in spending a huge amount of money during the close season.
The Cottagers spent a great deal on the likes of Jean-Michael Seri, Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Alfie Mawson in a bid to not only stay in the Premier League but also compete further up the division, while the loan signings of Andre Schurrle and Luciano Vietto further underlined their statement of intent.
Yes, things were always likely to take time given the amount of additions they made during the summer, but the manner in which they have lost matches in recent weeks to Arsenal and Everton must be of concern to manager Jokanovic and indeed the club’s supporters – they were level at half time in both games, only for their defensive deficiencies to rear their head on both occasions.
Yes, they have already played the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City, and Arsenal, but they would have looked at matches against Crystal Palace, Brighton, Watford, and even Everton as opportunities to pick up points – they managed just two from those four games.
The next three games are vital for Jokanovic, with trips to Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town sandwiched by a home clash against Bournemouth – we will have a much clearer idea as to where Fulham are at under the 50-year-old after that trio of games.
But were the Cottagers to go winless through that spell, the pressure will be ramped up on Jokanovic, who is somewhat already in a precarious position after his side’s unconvincing start to the new season.
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