Fulham’s summer transfer window was a decent one, but one thing that the Whites failed to bring in was a striker.
Of course, this has led to issues in front of goal all season, but luckily that situation was rectified on deadline day in January after Josh Maja was brought in from Bordeaux.
However, it seems as though things almost turned out very differently.
Indeed, in a remarkable admission on social media, Tony Khan has admitted he badly wanted to sign Ivan Toney for Fulham this summer, but due to financial constraints brought about by the pandemic, Fulham were unable to get a deal done.
He’s a great player with a great data profile. We hoped to do a deal with your Club, I loved him + his data, I badly wanted him but trying to balance FFP with unknown constraints due to COVID, we didn’t have flexibility to pay the fee without depleting funds to invest in defence
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) February 10, 2021
This is probably one of the most frustrating things Tony Khan has ever tweeted, and as we know, there’s a long list of frustrating tweets from the Director of Football to look back on.
We don’t really know why he felt he needed to make this public information, but this tweet raises more questions than answers.
Why were Fulham not able to pay a £5m up-front fee for Toney, but were able to splash out £4m on Terence Kongolo on deadline day? Why are the team who Fulham beat in the playoff final seemingly more financially capable in the market than Fulham? Why did Khan identify the need for a striker and then proceed to not sign one?
It’s so difficult to judge the line of how transparent you should be when you’re in Khan’s position.
Dispelling rumours of Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s departure in the summer was brilliant and reassuring for man fans, but seemingly giving yourself a pat on the back about not signing a striker who is helping to fire your biggest rivals to promotion while you battle against relegation is just infuriating.
Khan needs to really think about what he does and doesn’t tweet going forward, because judging by the reactions to this tweet, he’s rubbed everyone up the wrong way here.