Fulham - Back to the basics

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Stlducks
1349 posts Professional
Now that the season is over I need something to do so starting a new career seems fun. I have always followed Fulham and was surprised how bad they were this season. I think Parker is the right man to turn them around but also think they need to go back to using the academy and young, English talent.

I'll be sticking with the usual rules; realistic transfers, squad rules per league, ultimate difficulty on all manual and a few extra transfer rules.

1. No signing players on a free.
2. No buying players on a team playing in EL/CL while I'm still in a lower league
3. Must lower the wage bill in my first season since I have been relegated
4. Must sell if a team in the top 8 of the PL offers more than the players value.


I will be starting in 2019 with the promoted/relegated teams.

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  • Stlducks
    1349 posts Professional
    edited June 3
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    Pg 10 interview with Fulham owner and chairman Shahid Khan
    The Fulham boss sat down with Fultime magazine to discuss the future of the club and Craven Cottage.

    Thank you for joining us Mr. Khan, obviously last season did not go as planned but you still are excited for the future. What makes you optimistic?
    I feel we are a Premier League club and just had a bad year for a number of reasons but not for the lack of investment or effort. Now with Scott Parker in charge, a man who knows the club and the English game. I think we will be back and stay up in the near future.

    The board did invest a lot last season and with that plan not working, will we see a different approach this time?
    I think so. We gave it a shot and we missed. Now we step back and look at our mistakes and how to correct them. We are going to be a little tighter with our funds and smarter with who we sign going forward. The new additions to our home will be top class but will cost money.

    The new additions, expanding the stands, the river walk and the businesses and hotels going around the ground. Is this all preparing for what you hope is a long Premier League stay?
    Of course. Like I said, I think we are a Premier League club. We just need to get back to what made us a great club and grow with it.

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  • Ashy
    8838 posts League Winner
    Glad to see Parker remains in the job, give him a year to get them back in the PL, Fulham may need to sell a few key players but it's important to reinvest well, maybe in British talent rather than foreign stars
  • Stlducks
    1349 posts Professional
    Ashy wrote: »
    Glad to see Parker remains in the job, give him a year to get them back in the PL, Fulham may need to sell a few key players but it's important to reinvest well, maybe in British talent rather than foreign stars

    That's the plan, young British talent from league 1 and league 2 is what I'm looking for. Plus an old British talent surprise coming...
  • Ashy
    8838 posts League Winner
    edited June 3
    I'll throw some names your way althought I don't pay much attention to the lower English leagues

    Joe Aribo (Central midfielder, Charlton Athletic, 67 rated)
    John McGinn (Central midfielder, Aston Villa, 74 rated)
    Ollie Watkins (Winger, Brentford, 74 rated)
    Jarrod Bowen (Right midfielder, Hull City, 75 rated)
    Lloyd Kelly (Centre-back, Bristol City, 68 rated)
  • Stlducks
    1349 posts Professional
    Ashy wrote: »
    I'll throw some names your way althought I don't pay much attention to the lower English leagues

    Joe Aribo (Central midfielder, Charlton Athletic, 67 rated)
    John McGinn (Central midfielder, Aston Villa, 74 rated)
    Ollie Watkins (Winger, Brentford, 74 rated)
    Jarrod Bowen (Right midfielder, Hull City, 75 rated)
    Lloyd Kelly (Centre-back, Bristol City, 68 rated)

    Brown and Kelly are on my list but Brown recently moved so I can't get him.
  • Stlducks
    1349 posts Professional
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    Fulham strike early in the transfer window bringing in 7 new players including Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. In total the Cottagers have spent only £10.4 million

    "We knew more players were needed. After five departures from loans ending, our squad was down to 23 guys. In the Championship with so many games you need a lot of depth at all positions." Scott Parker said of the transfers. "Of the 7 guys, I believe all but one is from England. We needed to add more English talent not only to please the fans but also to meet the league minimum. Every player is hungry, young (besides Cahill) and ready to make an impact."

    The Chelsea man comes to Fulham after falling out of favor with the Blues and having no interest in other top teams. "I look at John Terry and see him having success and enjoying himself so I thought 'why not me'? Fulham have a rich history and are ready to go back up. My goal is to lead this young team and try earning promtion."

    Along with Cahill, Fulham added Lyndon Gooch from Sunderland, Jamal Lowe from Portsmouth, Jodi Jones, Rob Hall, Chris Hamilton and Kane Vincent-Young. The average age of the six is just over 22 years old.

    Departures from the club so far are Neeskens Kebano and Floyd Ayite going for a total of £6.1 million.
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  • DB1512
    291 posts Sunday League Hero
    Nice signings, Cahill brings the experience needed and the other players are talented ones. A bit lucky with the own goal in the first match, also the goalkeeper should have stopped that ball but good for you it went in.
  • Stlducks
    1349 posts Professional
    DB1512 wrote: »
    Nice signings, Cahill brings the experience needed and the other players are talented ones. A bit lucky with the own goal in the first match, also the goalkeeper should have stopped that ball but good for you it went in.

    It was very lucky, goalkeeper was preparing for the ball to be crossed instead it deflected the other direction. But I'll take a lucky win any day.
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  • JoshDFC
    2006 posts Fans' Favourite
    A great start to the season coming from behind on the opening day and then beating a team who will likely be fighting for Promotion at the end of the season. Still believe the club will probably need to sell a few more to balance the books
  • Stlducks
    1349 posts Professional
    JoshDFC wrote: »
    A great start to the season coming from behind on the opening day and then beating a team who will likely be fighting for Promotion at the end of the season. Still believe the club will probably need to sell a few more to balance the books

    I'm trying to sell but nobody is coming in with offers. Sessegnon is going to hopefully sign a new deal to take another shot at reaching the Prem.
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  • DB1512
    291 posts Sunday League Hero
    Great start for Parker in the Championship! Babel was one of the only positive players during the second half of the PL campaign of Fulham last season but LW will suit Sessegnon better than LB I think.
  • Stlducks
    1349 posts Professional
    DB1512 wrote: »
    Great start for Parker in the Championship! Babel was one of the only positive players during the second half of the PL campaign of Fulham last season but LW will suit Sessegnon better than LB I think.

    I liked Babel but to try keeping it realistic, he's gone this upcoming year. The hard part about starting with Fulham is that they brought in so many players last summer that you can't sell a lot of them.
  • Stlducks
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  • DB1512
    291 posts Sunday League Hero
    Some big opportunities but sadly the first points dropped this season. Why did you start with a completely different attacking line?
  • JoshDFC
    2006 posts Fans' Favourite
    Shame to drop the first points but Hull are a solid team. I see your point about Fulham bringing so many players in it will be difficult for them to leave but maybe when your promoted you can
  • Stlducks
    1349 posts Professional
    DB1512 wrote: »
    Some big opportunities but sadly the first points dropped this season. Why did you start with a completely different attacking line?

    Because the match was only a few days after the Leeds match so stamina was low for the normal starters. That's the challenge of the Championship, it seems like you play every few days.
    JoshDFC wrote: »
    Shame to drop the first points but Hull are a solid team. I see your point about Fulham bringing so many players in it will be difficult for them to leave but maybe when your promoted you can

    If we get promoted some guys will have to be sold for sure. The squad is too big for the Premier League but just right for the Championship.
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  • Ashy
    8838 posts League Winner
    Cool update style you got going on I like it, as for results well it's been brilliant so far, going to Elland Road and beating Leeds along with a clean sheet is big. Favourites for the Championship title without a doubt right now. Mitrovic is too good for this league I think :D
  • JoshDFC
    2006 posts Fans' Favourite
    This team is to good for this league and I think they will go up without any issues
  • Stlducks
    1349 posts Professional
    Ashy wrote: »
    Cool update style you got going on I like it, as for results well it's been brilliant so far, going to Elland Road and beating Leeds along with a clean sheet is big. Favourites for the Championship title without a doubt right now. Mitrovic is too good for this league I think :D

    Thank you. I thought a "selfie" filter might give it a different look too. Mitrovic is way too good for the Championship and luckily no offers came in for him.
    JoshDFC wrote: »
    This team is to good for this league and I think they will go up without any issues

    Like real life, Fulham should go right back up if they keep their top players. In the game if it becomes too easy halfway through the season I might start simming some matches to reach the end. The real challenge will be if we go back up and try staying up.
  • WestardLord
    1364 posts Professional
    Well, great looking results to start even if many were close. I concur with @JoshDFC, it seems like the team is destined to remain in the Premier League.
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