Fulham are finally set to get back in action this weekend after back to back game postponements due to a coronavirus outbreak within the squad.
An FA Cup game against Championship opposition represents a great chance for Fulham to get back into a bit of a rhythm, and it’s also a fantastic opportunity for some of the Whites’ youngsters to get a go.
Parker alluded to the fact that some of the Whites’ lesser-seen players will get a go in this one.
“This will be an opportunity for those who haven’t played that much,” Parker said.
“With an eye on tough fixtures coming up, and with our squad that’s not blessed with big numbers, we need to make use of it.”
So, with that in mind, we’re going to look at three young players who could shine against QPR.
Sylvester Jasper is arguably the brightest young talent in Fulham’s U23 set-up and he’s one of few youth players to have actually gotten a first-team opportunity at Craven Cottage.
Jasper is enjoying another fine season at U23 level, netting three goals and grabbing two assists in his five appearances in the PL2 so far this term, and the left-winger could be utilised against the Rs here.
Jasper is clearly a talented player, and he already has experience in west London derbies, appearing against Brentford in Fulham’s 2-0 loss at Craven Cottage last year, so one would imagine the occasion won’t get to him too much here.
This man is Jasper’s main competitor when it comes to the title of biggest U23 star at Fulham.
Carvalho has also tasted first-team football, playing just over 10 minutes against Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season, and this could be a great opportunity for him to test himself at senior level, especially if he is played alonsgside his partner in crime Sylvester Jasper.
This is probably a long shot, but Fulham have been known to give chances to give chances to very young players before.
Indeed, both Harvey Elliott and Ryan Sessegnon made their Fulham debuts before they were 17th birthday, while Matthew Briggs once held the record for the youngest player to ever appear in the Premier League.
Parkes could be the next 16-year-old to feature for Fulham, and we can’t write off the chance of him getting a run against QPR.
Parkes has played nine times for the U18s this season, and at the beginning of the season he was named as one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League by the Guardian, and we can understand why, after all, he broke into Fulham’s U18 set up back in the 2018/19 season as a 15-year-old.
Parkes has captained England at U15 level, and he’s adept at either left-back or centre-half