1 In And 1 Out – 2 Transfers That Fulham Could Complete In January
I hate to sound like a broken record, but I’m so hugely frustrated with Fulham this season and their manager Slavisa Jokanovic. I’m annoyed because I like Jokanovic but his choices this year confuse me. Last season, they did alright and stayed in the slipstream of the top six for the first-half of the campaign, all the while playing good football and entertaining people.
In the second half of the campaign, Ryan Sessegnon was unleashed on the league and with Scott Malone occupying left-back, the youngster was played as a left winger in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Things were simple; Cairney wanted to play in the middle, did so and attracted a £20million bid from Newcastle. Sessegnon was on the left and showed his true attacking talent which even at that age was too much for most defences, while Sone Aluko was as usual at home, cutting in from the right.
This season, he has tinkered with various formations which have left Cairney and the influential Stefan Johansen out of position, while the boss insists that Sessegnon is a left-back. It’s maddening. However, he appears to be stubborn on this one and so any ins and out may reflect this:
Ben Marshall (Wolverhampton Wanderers, In)
Jokanovic simply won’t listen to reason regarding Sessegnon, so even when he does return to the 4-2-3-1 formation which sprung them to a play-off place at the end of the season, it would appear he won’t play the young man there on the long-term.
Ben Marshall has long since been linked with a move south though and he is comfortable in that position himself, something which was shown when this was his regular starting place at Wolves last season under Paul Lambert, who of course knows him so well.
Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham Hotspur, Out)
Even if he stayed, he wouldn’t be in rightful position and I fear for the player that it’ll now happen either way, with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino seemingly seeing the young England hopeful as a replacement for Danny Rose, who could be about to join Manchester United for £50million after having fallen out with the boss somewhat.
Whatever money is offered for Sessegnon will be huge, so there is no way Fulham will turn it down I feel. As far as the player is concerned, he would be wise to make the move regardless of his position on the pitch, as he can always state his case for playing further forward, somewhere down the line, much like what Gareth Bale did.