The future is looking bright for Martin Jol's men as the new premier league season is starting to settle. After a disappointing showing at the cottage in the pouring rain of the ever coming autumnal England, it certainly did not dampen the mood for the season ahead.
Despite the defeat to Arsenal, Fulham still had the reassurance of a hard earned three points at Sunderland on the opening weekend of the season. The result undermimed the quality and attacking presence Fulham had shown throughout the game. With the arrivals of Taraabt, Parker and Bent in recent weeks as well as a world class goalkeeper in Maarten Skekelenburg, two established defenders, a solid midfielder and a fresh young talent Martin Jol has clearly succeeded in improving the overall quality of the squad. Fulham should be on their way up! In an exciting time as well (considering they have recently been taken over by Shahid Khan).
But business is far from over though. Fulham still had quality in the team and with players such as Ruiz, Dejagah, Kacaniklic and Rodallega still available, keeping all players satisfied will be an interesting one from the view of Jol. Not only that but there is still a gap in the defence. With the expectant leave of Riise and the injury of Richardson, a new left back must be on Martin Jol's agenda for the decisive week of the transfer window. Not forgetting the weakness in back-up for the right back position. Ever since the departure of Stephen Kelly in the January transfer window, Jol hasn't been able to find a solid, experienced right back to cover for the ever present Sascha Riether.
My worry for Jol is a pleasant but stressful one. The starting eleven. And yes I know that rotation is possible but Fulham has a habit in keeping a consistent squad (mostly remembering for the eleven straight games they had the same starting eleven for in the 2008/09 season, their most successful to date) and it is which players where for the starting eleven. Obviously their are at least four who should start, them being: Stekelenburg, Hangeland, Reither and Berbatov. Leaving 7 more positions for the rest of the squad to fight it out for! It will be any interesting prospect for Jol and will be even more interesting watch from a fans perspective.
From Adrian Matthew Sykes