Felix Magath reveals 'frantic and intense' Fulham transfer window

Felix Magath - Fulham Manager

The Cottagers’ manager has expressed his delight at signing Matt Smith, and how his squad is better now than when he took charge.

The German coach oversaw the departures of 26 players this summer, of which only four were on short-term loan deals, and as a result, he has promoted six academy players into the first-team set up.

To compliment his youthful team, the West Londoners also signed 14 players, with the last addition coming late on transfer deadline day - as Leeds United forward Matt Smith moved to Craven Cottage to link up with his former strike partner Ross McCormack.

With the wholesale changes seen at the Cottage, it was no surprise to have seen Fulham struggle at the start of the campaign, as youngsters received their first taste of professional football, and debutants looked lost in new surroundings. Their first four Championship games failed to return even a single point, although a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Cardiff City - courtesy of a goal scored by Tim Hoogland and assisted by fellow new boy McCormack - hinted that form may be on the up.

The two week international break has given no indication as to whether on-pitch matters are set to improve, although it has given Magath a long time to assess his squad in training, and he has admitted that he likes what he is working with.

Speaking to the official Fulham website, the 61-year old said: "I have just witnessed at close hand my first transfer window here in England. It certainly was a frantic and intense experience, but I am pleased to report I am glad that we made the most of our targeted acquisitions prior to deadline day. In particular, I am very happy with the addition of Matt Smith which, in my opinion, is a very significant signing and a worthy replacement for the departed Konstantinos Mitroglou.

“When I look at the transfer window as a whole, I am satisfied with all of our signings.

"We have managed to obtain the services of experienced players who will definitely complement our youngsters, and I believe the squad we now have assembled is very well balanced, which will give us more stability and allow us tactically to be more flexible.”

The German coach is of the belief that his ‘well balanced’ current squad is better than the squad he inherited, with it endorsing everything the Cottagers represent.

"f I compare the current squad with the one that I inherited in February, one cannot fail to notice that we have moved on a number of players that we felt would not play an important role in the future of our Club. Only by selling these players was it possible for me to promote six players from our strong Academy which lowered the average age of the squad while also reducing the wage structure.

"This gives us a squad that endorses the strategy of the Club and will help us meet our goal of sustainability for many years to come.”

Whilst the squad is lower on talent than last season, there is no denying that the young players that have come in have shown a hunger that was rarely on display in the Premier League. Whilst it may take a few years of struggle until the Cottagers are back in the top flight, to see the club and Magath are planning for a sustainable future will surely satiate the needs of the Fulham faithful.

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