Is Fulham's Tom Cairney the best midfielder in the Championship?

Fulham's Tom Cairney celebrates after scoring their first goal

The 26-year-old has lit up the division and is definitely ready for the top flight.

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor and Fulham's Tom Cairney in actionLeeds United's Charlie Taylor and Fulham's Tom Cairney in action

As Fulham continued their pursuit of the play-offs with a 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest, it becomes more and more apparent just how good their midfielder Tom Cairney is.

The 26-year-old ran the show at Craven Cottage against the Reds, scoring one and dictating almost every forward move the Whites initiated, of which there were plenty. 

Cairney's strength and skill on the ball is incredible to the point where he can hold off two opponents, go round one and then spray a 20 yard pass to feet like it was nothing - and do this several times in one match.

He's the complete midfielder - accurate passing, strong tackling, hard to dispossess, solid in the air, and capable of putting an opponent to the sword with his finishing abilities in front of goal.

Fulham's Tom Cairney celebrates their second goalFulham's Tom Cairney celebrates their second goal

While there are many contenders for the title of best midfielder in the Championship, such as Jonjo Shelvey, Conor Hourihane, Sam Hutchinson and Dale Stephens to name just four, it's Cairney that rises to the top.

If Cairney's not back in the Premier League next season, it would be a complete travesty. With or without Fulham, he needs to be there - and won't be short of offers. 

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