Let’s assess four Fulham players likely to be high on the lists of a number of Premier League clubs.
Fulham signed off last season with a return to the second-tier of English football, relegated after 12 seasons in the top flight.
With immediate return uncertain, the Championship being a notoriously competitive league, the Cottagers will want to retain as many top talents as possible.
Below are the four players most likely to attract Premier League admirers.
Their top player last term, statistically speaking, was midfield engine Steven Sidwell. He sat atop the statistical pile for most goals (7), clean sheets (5), successful tackles (121) and completed passes (1218). Fulham decided to release the ex-Arsenal man and therefore he is not included on this list, with Newcastle linked.
Keiran Richardson - Left-back (29)
The South London born ex-Manchester United man has blossomed at left-back in the last few seasons. An exhaustive engine and attacking mind-set highlight Richardson as a proficient modern fullback. Last season saw the 29-year-old chip in with four goals (fourth in the side) while being Fulham’s most accurate crosser. The former England international is already linked with a move to Crystal Palace.
Patrick Roberts – Forward (17)
This unfamiliar Fulham forward makes the list as a Premier League move is hotly tipped, with reports suggesting Arsenal and Manchester United are interested. Fulham are reportedly demanding £15million in an attempt to keep the 17-year-old. Roberts made just two appearances last year, both as a substitute, but has returned from a three-goal haul during England’s successful under-17 European Championships.
Sascha Riether - Right-back (31)
Acquired last summer from German club Cologne, this solid performer had an impressive first season in the Premier League. With four caps for the national side, Riether sat just below Sidwell in many areas including the third highest completed passes (992). Impressively, he topped the Fulham side for most attacking assists (shot assist including goals) (27). These stats make Riether an experienced defensive option for any emerging Premier League club.
Maartin Stekelenburg – Goalkeeper (31)
A product of the revered Ajax youth academy, former Holland number one Stekelenburg has suffered a torrid few months. First relegation came before learning of his omission from Louis van Gaal’s World Cup plans this summer. A talented, experienced goalkeeper is a must for any side although, as we saw with both Fulham and Cardiff, one is not always enough to avoid relegation. Still, a Premier League offer is surely on the horizon for the ex-Roma stopper.