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Fulham recalling Alex Kacaniklic

It should come as no surprise but Fulham are recalling Alex Kacaniklic from his loan to FC Copenhagen.

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We discussed the possibility of this happening last week. And though there is no official announcement from Fulham, FC Copenhagen has put out a statement confirming Alex Kacaniklic will be returning. My Danish isn't very good (It's almost non existent actually, I can kind of use my knowledge of German and English to muddle through... sometimes), but thankfully Google Translate is a thing that exists. According to Google, Alex has this to say:

"Fulham have informed me that they want me to come back to them, and I have a contract with them, so now I will do my best to help them return to the Premier League. I've had a really good time in Copenhagen and met some great teammates. It's a great club and I wish everyone all the best for the future."

So now that this move is all but official, where does that leave Alex in the squad? Kit has been playing his diamond formation. He seems to like three box to box midfielders or two box to box and one defensive midfielder playing behind his CAM. The CAM has generally been Bryan Ruiz. At times he's played a bit of an asymmetrical diamond with George Williams being more of a winger on the left hand side. The biggest question is whether Kit favors a diamond formation or if he's using it more as necessity.

I don't see Alex being able to be a shuttler in a diamond formation. With him on the left and an attack minded full back behind him, other teams will run rampant down that side. That will put too much pressure on the center backs and the covering defensive mid. If Alex plays on the left, it will have to be in the asymmetrical diamond that Kit used earlier. He'd step into the position that George Williams had. This does require a much more stay at home fullback on this side though, and until Fernando Amorebieta is healthy, I don't see either George or Alex getting many starts there.

It could be though that Kit is looking to change things up. I think we all know that Bryan Ruiz is unlikely to be here past January. If he goes, Kit might be willing to open things up a bit more tactically. Playing a 4-2-3-1 becomes more of an option with the band of attacking three having options like Alex, George Williams, Ross McCormack, Chris David, Thomas Eisfield, Adam Taggart, and even Patrick Roberts.

I have to assume that Fulham didn't recall him to have him sit on the bench. It will be interesting to see just how and when he gets used.