2020 Summer Transfer Window

Discussion in 'Fulham FC News and Notes' started by MicahMan, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. MicahMan

    MicahMan Administrator

    Mar 4, 2014
    It feels a bit odd to start this thread now. It feels both late to be doing it since usually we've been discussing this since May, but then it also feels early to discuss this since the season isn't over.

    Anyway, time marches on...

    The big news today is that Fulham signed Knockaert from Brighton and Hove to a three year contract that I'm sure is worth way more than he deserves for the 3 league goals he provided this season.

    Last edited: Jul 9, 2020
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  2. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Walnut, CA
    Let’s hope that w/Knockaert getting that security, his mind will be at ease and he can free himself up from his goal scoring funk. His effort and energy is always good, some end product the rest of the way would be nice.
  3. MicahMan

    MicahMan Administrator

    Mar 4, 2014
    Just as a reminder here is the status of the players on the roster:

    Players On Loan:
    Harry Arter
    Terence Kongolo
    Harrison Reed

    Players with Contracts Expiring This Summer

    Luca de la Torre
    Neeskens Kebano
    Denis Odoi
    Matt O'Riley

    Other Players and The Year Their Contract Expires

    Marcus Bettinelli 2021
    Cyrus Christie 2021
    Kevin McDonald 2021
    Tim Ream 2021
    Joe Bryan 2022
    Michael Hector 2022
    Maxime Le Marchand 2022
    Stefan Johansen 2022
    Alfie Mawson 2022
    Josh Onomah 2022
    Steven Sessegnon 2022
    Anthony Knockaert 2023
    Bobby De Cordova-Reid 2023
    Tom Cairney 2024
    Ivan Cavaleiro 2024
    Aboubakar Kamara 2024
    Aleksandar Mitrovic 2024
    Marek Rodak 2024
  4. MicahMan

    MicahMan Administrator

    Mar 4, 2014
    I forgot Fulham's three guys out on loan:
    Fabri 2021 (played just one match for Mallorca, gave up three goals, been out with a foot injury recently)
    Jean Michaël Seri 2022 (played extensively for Galatasaray since December, 2 goals, 3 assists)
    André-Frank Zambo Anguissa 2023 (played all but two league matches for 5th place Villarreal, 1 goal, 1 assist, 6 yellows)
  5. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

    Mar 18, 2006
    Peoples Republic of South Texas
    Love to keep Odoi, regardless of what league we're in. I'd also love to keep Reed, but I'd be surprised if Southampton didn't take him back. He's ready for regular appearances in the Prem.
  6. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Walnut, CA
    The players need to step away and chill for a couple weeks, the club had 24 hours. Saw Cairney mention that he hopes the club learned some lessons (specifically about team chemistry) from the last time, the captain knows we need to add Prem quality players but not at the expense of team spirit. First order of business is find out if Southampton is willing to part w/Reed. We screwed up by letting Matt Targett return to them, and Reed is arguably a better player.

    Rumor already that they are interested in having Sess back on loan from Spurs. Not a word from us; but after getting promoted, Sess getting no playing time from the Not So Special One, and Sess sending out a congratulatory tweet it’s easy for the rags to write about it. Forget if there is any truth, would y’all be interested in having Sess back?
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  7. stlouisbrad

    stlouisbrad Active Member

    Nov 24, 2007
    I'd love to have Sess back, but I just don't see it happening. In my mind we should focus 1st on a Center Back. I like Ream, but not as my normal starter in the Premier League. I think Hector can start at this level. I also think we need to find a quality player to backup or pair with Mitrovic. Given his temperament and hamstring issues, I worry he might miss quite a few games.
  8. MicahMan

    MicahMan Administrator

    Mar 4, 2014
    In case anyone wondered, I merged two threads about the transfer window together.

    Kebano was given a two year extension: http://www.fulhamfc.com/news/2020/august/05/neeskens-kebano-contract-extension
    If he could keep delivering free kicks in the PL like he did in the last few weeks, that could be a big help. Executing on free kicks and corners kicks gives lesser teams a better shot at scoring when they aren't going to control the match. I don't think Fulham has had anyone that could consistently deliver in that way since McCormack. I don't remember Kebano being that kind of player before, but I liked what I saw in the past month!

    Totally agree. @jumpkutz was spot on in the Brentford thread that Hector made so many key decisions in the match that just kept them from getting anything going. He was the main (but not only) reason there wasn't an opposing goal for over 120 minutes in that match.

    I also think we need a better goalkeeper. I just don't have confidence that either of our two guys now can provide the leadership needed. Fulham bombed out at upgrading the goalkeeper last time they came up, so I'm worried they aren't even going to try this time.
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  9. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Louisville, KY
    And so it begins again.
    Luca to Holland.

    One of the things I truly don’t understand about the business aspect of this sport: why invest so much time, energy and money developing and loaning out, often multiple times, young players such as this, only to see them leave before they can make any significant contribution to the first team? I think I posed this question about Dan Burn several years ago, but I can’t recall the explanations, and I’m too busy to search for it.
    P.S. REALLY wish I could’ve joined the Zoom party Tuesday so I could put faces with the names of all you beautiful people! Hopefully I’ll get the chance again soon when I’m NOT working while we’re playing.
  10. timmyg

    timmyg Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    Could say the same for the likes of Cauley Woodrow, Chris David, and others. de la Torre couldn't crack the first team under 3 different managers. It stinks, but not surprising

    Fulham are in a tricky position where our youth academy isn't as good as we like to think. Anytime we develop a high potential player, they're immediately purchased or move on. See: Ryan Sessegnon, Dembele, Roberts, Elliot (okay he wasn't technically a bonafide ffc youth player but still; am I missing any one else?) Players of that ilk know once their contracts are up there are greener pastures financially and potentially.
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  11. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Louisville, KY
    Greener financially, perhaps, but not necessarily on the pitch. Ryan Sess: 6 appearances, 3 starts, 626 minutes for Spuds this season, but none after Jan. 22nd. Pic on a milk carton for the rest of the season under Mourinho.
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