Fulham may be active in the transfer window this month, with Scott Parker recently admitting that he’d like some attacking additions.
Add into that the fact that Josh Onomah has returned from injury and Anthony Knockaert is due to return from his loan spell at Nottingham Forest later this week and Parker has three big decisions to make.
Indeed, there may soon be three new players at his disposal, but with an already bloated squad, three men will have to make way in the 25-man Premier League squad for them to get a look in.
We’re going to take a look at three men who could be cut from Parker’s 25.
This is the one that would make the most sense.
Fabri is Fulham’s third-choice goalkeeper at best, and he’s certainly not in favour at Craven Cottage, not playing a single game in over two years at this point.
Third-choice goalkeeper is obviously an important position, but the Premier League rules state that players under the age of 21 don’t need registering, so either George Wickens or Luca Ashby-Hammond could easily step in for the Spaniard in the unlikely scenario that Fulham will need to use their third-choice stopper.
Removing Fabri in order to add Onomah or Knockaert seems like a no-brainer.
Maxime Le Marchand
Fulham’s defence is simply too bloated to keep all of their current crop registered.
To be fair, you could choose any of Tim Ream, Denis Odoi or Michael Hector for this spot, but Odoi’s versatility combined with Ream and Hector’s slightly higher quality means that Le Marchand has to be considered at risk.
The Frenchman hasn’t actually been all that bad when he has played this season, putting in a very solid display against Wolves back in October, but the reality is that he’s not been a preferred choice under Scott Parker, so it has to be said that his position is in danger.
This one may seem a little harsh, but we can’t ignore the facts.
Onomah was left out of the 25-man squad at the start of the season due to injury, and if we’re going by those standards, Kongolo could miss out this month.
The Dutchman was signed on deadline day from Huddersfield Town, but he’s still yet to make his Fulham re-debut. In fact, he’s not even made a matchday squad, and with his injury status seemingly being something of a mystery, it wouldn’t surprise us one bit to see him drop out of the 25.
It’s incredibly hard to write this as Kebano is nothing short of a cult hero at Fulham, but perhaps giving him a new contract at the end of last season was the wrong decision.
The Congolese wizard looked a class above towards the end of last season, with his flurry of goals carrying Fulham to the playoffs and beyond, but in the Premier League the gulf in class has proven a bit too much for him.
Anthony Knockaert may well be the better option as a winger, and with Kebano playing just 117 minutes this season, it may well be the end of the road for him this season.