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Predicted Fulham XI for next season: Includes Taggart & McCormack

Felix Magath - Fulham Manager

A look at Fulham's potential starting XI next season with Ross McCormack and Adam Taggart included.

Felix Magath has plenty of options to choose from next term as he looks to guide Fulham out of the Championship and back to the Premier League.

Having brought the average age of the squad down considerably and signed Taggart and Tim Hoogland, the German may also have Leeds United striker McCormack available for selection should the club conclude a deal for the 27-year-old.

It is in defence where Magath may have slightly more limited options - but here's a look at what team the Fulham boss could select as things stand.

GK - Stockdale

With Maarten Stekelenburg hinting that he is unsure about his future, David Stockdale seems the likely candidate to stand between the posts for the Cottagers next season. The 28-year-old was favoured by boss Magath towards the end of last term and there is no reason to suggest that faith will disappear any time soon.

LB - Richardson

Although Kieran Richardson was originally a midfielder, his likely position should he stay at Craven Cottage this season will be at left-back. The exits of Jon Arne Riise and Sascha Riether have left the Fulham defence a little threadbare, with Richardson able to use his pace to raid down the left from deep.

CB - Burn

No more Brede Hangeland means Dan Burn should be Fulham's... next Hangeland. The towering centre-back made nine appearances last season and has already been a leading figure in training for the Cottagers. This could be his year.

CB - Amorebieta

Capable of deputising at left-back or playing through the middle, Fernando Amorebieta should have a busy campaign ahead if he stays at Craven Cottage. Fulham fans will hope the 29-year-old develops a blossoming partnership with Burn this term.

RB - Hoogland

Signed from Schalke on a free transfer this summer, Tim Hoogland is very likely to be Fulham's first-choice right-back. Like manager Magath, the German is highly experienced, having tasted Champions League football with his former club.

LM - Kacaniklic

Midfield is where things get a little more complicated for Fulham. An abundance of options present themselves, especially going forward. Based on ability, however, Alexander Kacaniklic should make the starting XI - provided he also stays in west London this term. At 22, Kacaniklic has a bright future ahead of him.

CDM - Parker

A veteran and stalwart, Scott Parker should be vital to Fulham's aspirations of getting promoted back to the top flight. As a defensive midfielder, Parker has graced the Champions League and Euro 2012. Magath will surely look to utilise his expertise.

CAM - Ruiz

A controversial choice, especially as playing two strikers will render his presence more a luxury than a necessity, Bryan Ruiz should really be a central player if he stays at Craven Cottage. Again, the Costa Rican's future in uncertain. But should he remain with the club, his creativity is second to none, something many believe Martin Jol did not take advantage of in the right way.

RM - Dejagah

Like Ruiz, Ashkan Dejagah has enjoyed a fine World Cup campaign and should start a lot more this time around, now that the watching world knows what he is capable of. Dejagah's impact as a substitute last term may mean a place on the bench quite often, though.

ST - McCormack

The man Fulham have been chasing for an age now, Ross McCormack is virtually guaranteed a starting spot after the amount of time the Cottagers have reportedly spent chasing him. The Leeds striker finished top scorer in the Championship last season with 28 goals. If he joins Fulham, he'll start.

ST - Taggart

Another frontman who will be new in west London, Adam Taggart made a name for himself with his goalscoring exploits in the A-League. As such, the 21-year-old could form a solid partnership with McCormack, though his age may mean he is slowly brought into the first-team picture to give him time to develop.


With so many players' futures up in the air, the Fulham side may end up looking completely different. Meanwhile, the likes of Pajtim Kasami, Hugo Rodallega, Cauley Woodrow and Kostas Mitroglou are just some of those who could also stake a claim in the Cottagers' first team.

Whichever XI do play, promotion will be the aim.

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