After Charlton’s relegation to League 1 was confirmed on Tuesday evening, Fulham were all but guaranteed mathematical safety in the Sky Bet Championship. With only 1 point needed in their next 3 games to assure survival, Fulham’s manager Slavisa Jokanovic has admitted that his side will need reform over the summer if it is to compete for promotion.
Fulham picked up a point at Ipswich on Tuesday night. After Moussa Dembele put the away side in front, a last-minute equaliser from Jonas Knudsen meant that the points were shared in Norfolk.
With one of the worst defences in England, Jokanovic will be well aware that his side is in serious reform over the summer.
Marcus Bettinelli has reclaimed the number 1 spot after missing the majority of the season through injury. Although young, he has proved to be a valuable asset. Andy Lonergan offers an experienced competitor to rival him for the position, and thus it is unlikely that Fulham will need to improve in this area.
With one of the worst in England, Fulham’s defence is in dire need of repair. The Cottagers should aim to make Michael Madl’s loan deal permeant in the summer, as well as signing a permanent left back. Jokanovic may look to the likes of James Husband, who had an excellent loan spell at the Whites last season. In regards to departures, Fulham would be wise to offload both Nikolay Bodurov and Jazz Richards, who are unlikely to see first-team action in the near future. With both Dan Burn and Shaun Hutchinson’s contracts coming to a possible end this summer, Jokanovic may need to look at further replacements.
Scott Parker will be the most noticeable departure, with the Fulham captain having been a regular across the last few years. With Jamie O’Hara, Alexander Kacaniklic and Emerson Hyndman also looking set to leave, the club will need to bring in a range of players in midfield. Wingers on both side of the pitch will be vital, considering Fulham’s current lack of pace and width. In the centre, Ryan Tunnicliffe will look to act as a replacement for the departing Parker, with Lasse Vigen Christensen looking to cement his position in the first team. Fulham should look at options such as Zach Clough, with newly-relegated Bolton looking unlikely to keep the youngster.
Moussa Dembele has had an incredible first season at this level with Fulham, and with a number of huge clubs looking to attract his signature in the summer, it is almost certain that the Frenchman will leave. Former Leeds striker Matt Smith also looks set to leave and being frustratingly-neglected from first team action under Jokanovic. Fulham should look at replacements for both of these players, with Hull’s Sone Aluko being linked to the London club earlier this year.