Two Deadline Day Deals That Fulham Should Complete
Fulham are pushing for a playoff place this season and have got in amongst it earlier than last season.
Another late push just like 2016-17 season could see them guarantee their place in the top six and perhaps even start as the favourites in the promotion lottery.
To ensure they achieve their goals though, they may still need further reinforcements between now and Wednesday night, with the following two players certainly capable of helping the cause and belatedly getting the Cottagers back into the Premier League, where they firmly feel that they belong:
Stefano Okaka (Watford)
Fulham look set to sign the Watford striker on loan in what is frankly a surprise move by the club, though unlike the main press, I’m not certain this is Slavisa Jokanovic’s decision. Okaka played for Fulham once before, when on loan from Roma back in 2010 and he looks set for a belated return to Craven Cottage, something I think is a good thing for a club needing another striker.
Fulham have charged their way into the playoff places for the first time this season, arguably ahead of schedule in comparison to last season and the addition of another forward can only help their promotion cause. Okaka, 28, has slid down the pecking order at Vicarage Road with new boss Javi Gracia seemingly happy to allow him to leave.
Ben Marshall (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Despite keeping hold of valuable asset Tom Cairney, Fulham manager Salvisa Jokanovic knew his midfield may need some reinforcements and so Ibrahima Cisse and Oliver Norwood were both brought in. Despite these signings, the boss completely rebuffed Nottingham Forest’s advances when it came to Kevin McDonald too and it appeared his midfield would be as solid as ever.
That midfield though extends into a three behind the central striker most of the time and it’s in this area they have been severely weakened this term until now. For whatever reason, Sone Aluko was allowed to leave and the manager originally saw it fit to deem Ryan Sessegnon only as an attacking left-back.
Sessegnon has now been pushed forward though and is in rousing form as expected, though Fulham could always use more creativity given the way they play. Marshall will be a very good addition to this and even if he is not the first choice, he is still liable to get more game time than what he’s getting in the Midlands.