Fulham recorded their second win of the season on Wednesday night, putting in their best performance this term with a 4-0 victory over Bolton.
It represents a sharp change in recent fortunes for the West London club, with both wins coming under the tutelage of caretaker head coach Kit Symons.
An intense pre-season saw a huge turnaround of players in the first-team squad, and it appears as if the methods at Craven Cottage are starting to bring results.
However, there are still weaknesses throughout the playing squad, with a number of problems arising in the defensive aspect of Fulham’s game. In 10 games the Cottagers have conceded 20 goals, the joint worse defensive performance in the division.
To resolve this problem, former player, and current Football League expert for Sky Sports, Peter Beagrie gave his opinion on who Fulham could sign to continue the run of good performances that have arisen in recent weeks - with Stoke and Newcastle stars leading the line.
He said: "I would build from the back and start by looking for two powerful and vocal centre-halves who may not be featuring at Premier League level.
"A couple who would fit the bill are Stroke’s Robert Huth and Newcastle’s Steven Taylor – strong, commanding leaders and potential captains who are dominant in both boxes and, vitally, who have stood up to the rigours of the Championship in the past.”
Steven Taylor has made just one substitute appearance for Newcastle this season, whilst Huth has yet to play even one game for Stoke. The duo are certainly available, with a loan deal a possibility, but Beagrie is worried that the precarious position of Fulham’s current status could deter a number of players from head to West London.
"It’s going to be difficult to attract players to your wonderful football club while you are in such a precarious position, particularly ones of the correct pedigree, but I genuinely believe such tried-and-trusted defenders who attack the ball at either end of the field will give you the opportunity to acclimatise to the division and start climbing the table."