The Fulham Future is Coming

Charlie Crowhurst

As we prepare to slog through a season in the Championship, Fulham's youth players are going to be even more important. This is a particularly news heavy time for the youth squad, so let's delve on in.

Both David Stockdale and Felix Magath have pointed at the youth academy and young players are going to be key cogs in the next season. We saw hints of it in the final game with Cauley Woodrow and Chris David both scoring. The U18's also had that impressive run. The Future is bright we all hope, but nothing is ever perfect.

First, the good. On the heels of his great performance on the weekend, Cauley Woodrow has been called into the Under-21 England Squad for a tournament. Lets hope he impresses there as much as he as impressed for Fulham. One of the squads England will be facing off against is Wales. Wales called in two Fulham players for their side, Josh Pritchard and George Williams.

At a younger level, but probably bigger tournament, Patrick Roberts has been showing just how classy he is. He his racking up the goals and assists as England look to get out of their group in the U17 Euros. It's hard to put that much pressure on a player so young, but from what I've seen he could really make an impact next year.

I'm not sure how long he'll remain a Fulham player, but for now Pajtim Kasami is. He unfortunately didn't make the 23 man Switzerland World Cup Squad, but he is one of the players on standby. I've always liked Kasami, and I'd love to see him stick around, but the interest in him from other leagues is probably going to lead to him leaving.

Remember when Ryan Tunnicliffe was sent on loan right after Magath's hire? Remember the rumors swirling that he was told he could leave the club and that it was all part of the fallout from the sacking of Meulensteen? Well apparently that didn't happen. Magath is assuring him he has a chance to compete for time next year.

In other happy news, Ryan Williams has signed a new deal at the club. He played well in his loan spell at Oxford United. I'd love to see him get another year on loan. I don't believe he's ready for the Championship just yet, especially on a club that is seeking promotion. But I'd love to see him in League One.

Now we can move on to sadder news the club is saying goodbye to a pair of Swedes. Both Muamer Tankovic and Dino Islamovic are leaving the club. I would have liked to keep Tankovic, I think he has a chance to be good if not great. However, Fulham's youth is particularly strong at his position. I'm not sure the team could have convinced him to stay even if they wanted him. I also hope this doesn't portend an exit from another Swede, Alex Kacaniklic.

It's not just players that our leaving. The team announced that U18 coach Steve Wigley has also resigned. He did great things with the U18 squad, and he will be missed. Though it's hard to fault him for returning to a club he played for and getting a number two job there. While I'm sad to see him go, as long as Huw Jennings is around, I'll be happy.

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