With the new season beckoning and Fulham’s home fixture against Newcastle United kicking off the EFL championship this weekend. We look towards five Fulham players that may prove key to the sides progression this season.
5. David Button
In at fifth place comes The Cottagers new Goalkeeper and possible the club’s first choice, David Button.
Last season saw Fulham finish the campaign with a dismal defensive record, with the club barely scraping through the relegation battle.
Although Bettinelli was not solely accountable for the club's defensive frailties last term, a change in personnel could see a change in fortunes for Fulham.
4. Denis Odoi
The Belgian full back has been an instant success among the Fulham faithful, with his fighting spirit catching the eyes of the fans.
On the field, The Belgian’s attributes complement the absences that have been apparent among the defence of recent years. The club have been pursuing a pacey defender that can supply support for the forwards down the wings.
Odoi is traditionally a left back by trade. His versatility along with his ability to use both feet means that he can be deployed on either side.
Denis Odoi looks to solidify the defence ahead of the new season, which can only be positive in the club's pursuit of success.
3. Sone Aluko
The Nigerian has brought some fluidity to The Cottagers so far this pre-season. The Centre Forward looks to be an ideal replacement for the departed Dembélé.
However the former Hull City man may not score as many goals as his French counterpart did last season. The forward has had a solid pre-season, showing a great ability to turn the opposition with pace.
Aluko likes to slot in just behind the striker. With the Nigerian playing in a deeper role allows the forward to express more of a creative side to his game instead of just a goal poacher.
Since the departure of Ross McCormack, it remains to be seen who Aluko will link up with but if pre-season is anything to go by, leaves the fans full of optimism.
2. Tom Cairney
Cairney looks to be the hub of creativity throughout the squad. In Fulham's last pre-season game against Crystal Palace saw the Scotsman don the captain's armband.
Could this be a small indicator of the managers intentions?
With club captain Scott Parker ageing and potential decline in playing time, along with the departure of Ross McCormack to Aston Villa. Tom Cairney could be odds on to captain the new look side.
His creative role on the field will be essential to the club's progression this season.
1. Floyd Ayite
First place goes to Fulham's new dynamic winger Floyd Ayite. The Togonelese international has added flair and pace down the wing for Fulham.
The club looked desperately flat last season and this signing could be a major impact within in the manager's playing style and his ambitions for progression.
His interplay with Aluko looks to be promising and leaves the club's fans feeling optimistic in going forward in the new season and bounce up the table.
Two players that narrowly missed out of the top 5 are Tomas Kalas and Ryan Sessengnon.
Kalas looks to be a great addition and has bolstered the defence.
I feel similar to Madl last season, Kalas will be crucial to solidifying the defensive unit but the spotlight will be on the attacking players. The defensive unit has looked to been improved from the displays in pre-season, but I feel that they may get overlooked this season. Although the fans of the club have acknowledged the contributions of the defence so far.
Sessengnon has held his own throughout pre-season whilst covering the injured Ryan Fredericks. The 16 years old has made the position his own over recent weeks. Although at the tender age of 16 it remains to be seen whether Jokanovic gives the youngster the playing time.
Regardless the England youth international looks to have a bright future and I am confident in my comments that the 16 year old will be an integral part of the squad for years to come.
Are the fellow fans of Fulham excited for the new seasons?
Do you disagree with my top 5?
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