Football Season Guide



João Palhinha (mid) Sporting CP; Andreas Pereira (mid) Manchester United; Manor Solomon (att) Shakhtar – on loan; Kevin Mbabu (def) Wolfsburg


André Zambo Anguissa (mid) Napoli – loan made permanent; Fábio Carvalho (mid) Liverpool; Jean Michaël Seri (mid) released; Steven Sessegnon (def) Charlton; Cyrus Christie (def) released; Fabri (gk) released; Michael Hector (def) released; Alfie Mawson (def) released

Marco Silva’s Fulham took the Championship by storm, winning the title on 90 points with 106 goals scored and an incredible goal difference of +63. On their way to securing promotion, the Cottagers registered as many as three 7-0 wins, with striker Aleksandar Mitrovic smashing the Championship goals-record with 43. Fulham may have lost talented midfielder Fábio Carvalho to Premier League giants Liverpool, but they beefed up their midfield with the arrivals of João Palhinha and Andreas Pereira from Sporting CP and Manchester United, respectively. Silva has a solid squad which deserves to be in the Premier League, as several players are top-flight material. The fact that Carvalho has been the only regular member of last season’s team to leave so far, allows the Portuguese coach to establish a backbone and just focus on working on his team’s weaknesses this summer. It goes without saying that their main strength has a name and surname: Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serbia international was outstanding last season and he could become one of the Premier League top scorers this term too, should Fulham be equally productive in the final third. Meanwhile, their main weakness is that they are considered as a yo-yo club and rightly so. Fulham have been either relegated from or promoted to the Premier League for the past five seasons.


Fulham have more quality and capital than the other two newly-promoted sides, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest. Their main objective will be to avoid relegation and take the first step towards establishing themselves as a Premier League team.