The transfer embargo has officially been lifted and it’s finally time for Fulham to begin their summer overhaul as Slavisa Jokanovic looks to build a squad capable of a play off place.
After a few rumours on fan boards and sites that the embargo may not have been lifted, the official statement brought a great amount of relief to the Fulham faithful this week. With the club free to spend once again this summer, Jokanovic will have the full backing to bring the players he desires.
After hearing that Dan Burn will be departing the club, further exits have since followed with Mitroglou moving to Benfica on a permanent deal for €7m and Emerson Hyndman reportedly not interested in another deal at the club. Two players that really could have been something special at the Cottage should the circumstances had been different. First of all, I wouldn’t consider Mitroglou a ‘flop’ for many reasons. Firstly, the Greek joined the club when he was struggling with a knee injury – it was this knee injury that stopped a lot of ‘bigger’ clubs from paying Olympiacos’ asking price. But, Fulham took the risk and the prolific forward was signed for Rene Meulensteen. Sadly, what followed was nothing short of lunacy, with Felix Magath holding talks with the board while Rene, just been backed in the January window, was securing a vital point away to Manchester United.
Then under the spell of Magath, Mitroglou was constantly labelled as ‘unfit’ by the manager, and despite an unbelievable screamer for the U21s, Mitroglou was overlooked by Felix. During relegation, the striker admitted he wanted to play in the Premier League or the highest tier possible, which you can’t blame him for considered he was in high demand just six months before relegation. Successful loan spells later, and the Greek has experienced a terrific campaign for Benfica in which we have recouped most of the money that was initially laid out in loan fees and the €7m recouped this summer. I wish him all the best with the move, it wasn’t his fault that he was caught up in managerial merry go round when he arrived, and if Rene had stayed and kept us up, who knows we could have had the Greek still scoring for us in the Premiership today, but that’s a different story. Kostas, it’s a shame our main highlight of you in a Fulham shirt will be some wonder goals against Aston Villa U21s and a cameo against Crystal Palace in a pre season friendly, but best of luck in Portugal.
Emerson Hyndman is another victim that has sadly been caught up in the madness of the past two years. During the first season in the Championship, Magath promised the American a lot of game time, and in fairness the American received it. But as results didn’t go our way, Symons was drafted in to steer the ship to safety, and more experienced players were called into the side. Sadly, during Kit’s reign, there wasn’t many opportunities for the midfielder and despite a few appearances under new coach, Jokanovic the youngster believes leaving the club is the best option. No doubt that he is a gifted footballer and a joy to watch, in the right setup that allows him time to develop, the American will go far in the game. Another player that I’ll be sad to see leave, but one I’ll be keeping an eye out for in the future.
But, rumour season is in full flow now the season is over and Fulham have been linked with a host of players. Most recently, the German media have linked the club with the likes of Simon Terodde of Bochum and Daniel Adlung of 1860 Munchen. While my knowledge of both players is limited, it seems that both players are highly respected by their fans and with Terodde winning the golden boot this season, he could become the perfect partner for Ross McCormack. Meanwhile, Adlung is rumoured to be a versatile midfielder, with a strong passing range, something which Jokanovic admires. Just yesterday, Fulham were linked with former Brentford loanee, Sergi Canos who burst onto the scene with a number of impressive performances for our rivals. With the players path to the first team at Liverpool blocked, an opportunity to play regularly could tempt the young Spaniard.
But the positives are that we are being linked with top talent, and if there are truth in the rumours then maybe this time round, our summer recruitment will be the formula for promotion.
Keep the faith and thank you for reading. Please feel free to tweet your thoughts to me @ABronsSmith.