Well, it’s been coming, but on Monday evening Fulham’s relegation back to the Championship was confirmed, and now the autopsy begins on what has been a funny old season.
Many will point the blame at Tony Khan, some may even say that Scott Parker is at fault, but the reality is that the squad, as a whole, haven’t been good enough this season.
If ever there was a time for pointing fingers, this is it, and we’re going to look at the three Fulham players who deserve the most blame for our relegation this season.
Mitro, we will always love you for everything you have done for Fulham, but this season, even the biggest Mitrovic fan will admit he’s not been good enough.
The Serbian has scored just three goals all term, with two of those coming in a single game against Leeds and the third coming from a shocking error from Tyrone Mings.
Yes, Mitrovic has been relegated to the bench for the majority of the season, but let’s not forget that Parker did that for a reason. The Serbian has massively underperformed, and while we know he’s a fantastic player, he’s not shown it enough this term.
If defence relegated Fulham back in 2018/19, attack was at fault this time around, and nobody quite summed up Fulham’s woes quite like Cavaleiro.
The Portuguese attacker played as a number nine and a winger throughout the season, and while he did manage three goals, he should have had so many more.
Time after time Cavaleiro seemed to find himself in a good position this season only to lose his footing at the wrong time or spoon his shot over the bar, and if he’d been more clinical in front of goal, Fulham would have had plenty more points.
We’re of the mindset that people are a bit too harsh on Loftus-Cheek due to the fact he’s a Chelsea loanee, but it’s impossible to defend some of his performances this term.
Watching Loftus-Cheek this season, it’s hard to believe he was ever an England international. He’s looked way off the pace, constantly unfit and slower than we ever remember him being.
One deflected goal and not a single assist sums up what has been an utterdly dreadful campaign for the midfielder.