Craig Cathcart and Matt Targett to sign for Fulham – Slavisa Jokanovic’s ideal transfer window explored
What to say about Fulham. I hate being a broken record, so just as a brief précis for any new readers my main gripes are; Jokanovic still sees Ryan Sessegnon as a left-back (he is too good for that) and he has changed the 4-2-3-1 from last season which works for the players he has, especially Tom Cairney.
The West Londoners have recovered of late, mostly when Sessegnon can play further forward of course, now sitting just three points off a play-off place in 10th place and placing themselves almost on par with where they were this time last year.
Manager Slavisa Jokanovic has challenged Fulham to sack him amidst rows concerning the fact that he knows the players who can do improve the team but that the board will not sign them.
I don’t know whether these are board targets or Jokanovic targets of course, but Matt Targett (Southampton), Aden Flint (Bristol City), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Ben Marshall (Wolves) and Dwight Gayle (Newcastle) have all been rumoured to be within Fulham’s crosshairs this window, with Sessegnon still a confirmed target for Tottenham.
Knowing what we know now, I would doubt Aden Flint would be leaving Bristol City to join another Championship side anytime soon and it could prove crucial for the Cottagers to keep hold of Ryan Sessegnon for one more window and get him up the park where he belongs.
To achieve that, they’ll need a proper left-back in order to finally replace Scott Malone and so signing Matt Targett would be quite a coup, given that he appears to be of Premier League quality.
Kalas and Ream are both solid at the back, but with Targett at left-back, Sessegnon down the wing and Cairney in full flow, it would be prudent to add another good passer from centre-back to keep this attacking theme going and so a return for Craig Cathcart from Watford would be a positive for sure.
The club still needs a proper No.9 too and should Rafa Benitez eventually have a new striker signing sanctioned at Newcastle, then the proven Championship goalscoring prowess of Dwight Gayle would be huge for Fulham and for me, he would make them the most dangerous side other than Wolves, for the remainder of the season.
Keeping Sessegnon then along with adding Cathcart, Targett and Gayle would represent an outstanding window for Jokanovic and Fulham, making them a real force once again in this division’s top six.