After just three wins in their first eight Championship games, not many expected Fulham to play a big part in the promotion race. However, Scott Parker brought the best out of his side when it mattered and the Cottagers are now back in the Premier League.
Fulham now have to get their transfer window right. The last time they earned promotion to the Premier League, they spent a huge amount of money on a number of players.
The addition of seven new players on a permanent basis, combined with a few more on loan, really upset their balance and Fulham, as a result, dropped down to the Championship after just one season in the top flight.
The Lilywhites certainly need to strengthen to survive in the Premier League next season. Parker will be wary of the club’s mistakes last time around and he will have to be a lot more cautious about the moves he makes.
The current financial climate, despite the money Fulham have earned from winning the play-offs, will play a part in transfers which might force them to look for a few bargain deals. It now seems like they have.
Sky Sports claim that Fulham have joined Crystal Palace in the race to sign Ryan Fraser. The Scot left Bournemouth at the end of his contract and he, as a free agent, is a very attractive option for many top-flight clubs.
Daily Mail claimed earlier this week that Crystal Palace have already tabled a £50,000-a-week contract for Fraser and the former Bournemouth star is weighing up the offer ahead of a potential transfer.
Fraser wanted out of Bournemouth a year ago. The Scotsman was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal but that deal failing to materialise had a huge impact on his performances this term.
He managed just a goal and four assists all season, which has brought his stock down. However, that isn’t to say that he cannot produce the goods when his head is in the right place.
Fraser scored eight goals and provided 15 assists in all competitions in the 2018/19 season for Bournemouth. He could well play a similar role for Fulham next term and a return such as that could be the difference between survival and relegation.
With an offer from Palace already on the table, Fulham need to accelerate their attempts to have any chance of getting him.
Fraser, being a free agent, might attract interest from a few other clubs as well which could hurt the Cottagers’ chances of getting their man, especially if they further delay their pursuit.