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Fulham’s defensive woes would end if they sign this 3-time PL champion – Jokanovic must get him

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Why Fulham should sign Branislav Ivanovic on a short-term deal

According to the Daily Mail, Spanish giants Barcelona are eyeing a sensational January swoop for former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. However, Premier League duo Fulham and Crystal Palace have also made enquiries to get the services of the Serb.

Ivanovic has a connect to London, a place where he won 3 Premier League titles and the Champions League with Chelsea. The Cottagers boss Slavisa Jokanovic wants a couple of experienced players to help his young squad cope with the demands of the Premier League. (Daily Mail)

Here’s why the west London club should buy the 34-year-old, who could be available for free in January:

Ivanovic’s experience necessary for Fulham

After getting promoted to the Premier League in the summer, Fulham spent a fortune to buy new players and make their squad better. They almost bought a whole new defence to cope with the high-intensity demands of the league. However, it has not gone as per plans.

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branislav Ivanovic

They have conceded 25 goals in nine games, six more than Cardiff City who are second in the list of most goals shipped in so far. As a result, Jokanovic’s men find themselves in the bottom three of the table, much to the concern of many fans at Craven Cottage.

The manager is saying that he needs a couple of experiences faces in his squad to support young players and is a fair comment. Getting Ivanovic on a short-term deal would be a step in the right direction.

The 34-year-old is a serial winner, with the Premier League, Champions League and various domestic cups in his kitty. He possesses the type of defensive solidity Fulham need in their back-line.

The good thing for the club is that the Serbian could be available for free. It means they won’t have to open their cheque-book again after spending a lot in the summer.

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Branislav Ivanovic

The Cottagers need a change from somewhere to get their season back on track after a sinking start. They need to start picking up points since playing catch-up in the Premier League is a task close to impossible.

Before any serious trouble occurs, they should shore up their defence by getting Ivanovic in the January transfer window.

The veteran can play as a centre-back or as a right-back, and his versatility could be key to the team.