Premier League Prediction – 17th
After leading the Championship, Fulham will be hoping they can survive in the Premier League under Marco Silva. The west London side have been something of a yo-yo team in recent years and will be aiming for some much-needed stability.
It would be foolish to think that the fluid football that Fulham have employed in the Championship would be able to hold their own in the Premier League, so it will be interesting to see how Marco Silva can adapt his side. The coach is no stranger to the Premier League having completed stints at Hull, Watford and Everton and will be fully aware of the rigors needed to beat the drop.
Fulham have been quiet in the transfer window so far, but the team need a few players to add depth to their squad. Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been secured from Arsenal in a cut-price deal which could prove to be one of the bargains of the summer. Number one target João Palhinha has been secured in an £18m deal from Sporting, and Marco Silva will hope the midfielder can make an immediate impact.
Striker Fabio Carvalho has moved to Liverpool and the Portuguese youth international has left a creative void in the team. Fulham fans are hoping the signing of Andreas Pereira can be the difference. The former Manchester United player had plenty of potential when he broke into the team in 2014. However, a series of loan moves halted his progress, and the 26-year-old will be looking to prove himself at Fulham .
– Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 2, 2022
One to watch: Aleksandar Mitrovic
After a record season in front of goal, Aleksandar Mitrović is Fulham’s main man. 43 goals in 44 league games put the tall Serbian in the record books for most goals in a single season in the English second tier. The question now remains whether he can transfer that fiery goalscoring form to the Premier League. His last two Premier League seasons ended with three and eleven goals. If Mitrović can even regain half of his form from last season, Fulham can expect to beat the drop.
First five games: Liverpool, Wolves, Brentford, Arsenal, Brighton
Joao Palhinha (£18m, Sporting Lisbon)
Andreas Pereira (£8.5m, Manchester United)
Manor Solomon (loan, Shakhtar Donetsk)
Kevin Mbabu (£6.4m, Wolfsburg)
Bernd Leno (£3m, Arsenal)
Fabio Carvalho (undisclosed, Liverpool)
Cyrus Christie (released)
Michael Hector (released)
Alfie Mawson (released)
Jean Michael Seri (free, Hull City)
Timmy Abraham (released)
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (£13.5m, Napoli)
Sonny Hilton (loan, Carlisle United)
Taye Ashby-Hammond (on loan, Town of Swindon)
Steven Sessegnon (loan, Charlton Athletic)
Kieron Bowie (on loan, City of Northampton)
Total Fulham spent to date: £35.9 million
Total Fulham received to date: £13.5m
Fulham net transfer balance: -£22.4m
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