Fulham have had a below par start to the season, and will most probably bring in a few additions in January
Fulham have only won three Premier League games this season and are currently in 18th place. Martin Jol is under pressure, and will hope to use the January transfer window as an opportunity to bring in a few players to revitalise their season.
Rene Meulensteen joined the club last week as head coach. A position that still seems unclear, when there is already a manager, an assistant manager and a first team coach on board. Nevertheless it seems Meulensteen has identified one man who can be brought in, in the hope he can improve The Cottagers fortunes. A midfielder who he worked with at Manchester United; Anderson.
It is fair to say that Anderson has never quite fulfilled his potential at United since his £20 million move from Porto in 2007. His spell at Old Trafford has been littered with injuries and inconsistent form. He has therefore never established himself in the first team. United fans often get annoyed at the fact he very rarely shoots when in decent positions. He has only scored five league goals which is a poor return for a midfielder currently in his seventh season at the club.
Anderson has made just two starts this season, and clearly doesn't seem to be in David Moyes' plans. Any offers for the Brazilian would certainly be considered in January and a loan move does seem likely. However it is hard to pinpoint exactly where Fulham do need to strengthen their squad. They certainly don't have one of the weakest squads in the league. In midfield they have Scott Parker, and Steven Sidwell; two strong, committed players. Again although they are lacking goals, one would think that Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov should be able to combine to start guiding Fulham up the table sooner rather than later.
Anderson shares many similarities to Parker, and Sidwell. A tireless, box-to-box midfielder, who is strong in the tackle. He wouldn't really add another dimension to Fulham's side, and perhaps he would not be the answer to their problems. However, Anderson is still relatively young at just 25, and his injection of energy could be what Fulham need. Jol has so far been reluctant to give youth a chance, and the eagerness, energy, and enthusiasm could give Fulham a much needed boost. Anderson also has something to prove to Manchester United, and where better to show that at a club struggling in a precarious situation.
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