2024 Summer Transfer Window

Discussion in 'Fulham FC News and Notes' started by MicahMan, May 31, 2024.

  1. MicahMan

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    Welcome to June! And thank you to @dtowndough for sponsoring the past two months of hosting costs for the site!

    Here's a quick rundown of where players currently stand with their contracts:

    Players with Contracts Expiring in June:
    Bobby De Cordova-Reid
    Kevin Mbabu
    Marek Rodak
    Tosin Adarabioyo
    Tyrese Francois
    Willian

    Players with Expiring Loans:
    Armando Broja
    Fode Ballo-Toure

    Players Still Under Contract:

    Adama Traoré - 2025
    Carlos Vinícius - 2025
    Kenny Tete - 2025
    Kevin Mbabu - 2025
    Raúl Jiménez - 2025
    Tim Ream - 2025
    Tom Cairney - 2025
    Andreas Pereira - 2026
    Harry Wilson - 2026
    Luke Harris - 2026
    Rodrigo Muniz - 2026
    Steven Benda - 2026
    Bernd Leno - 2027
    Calvin Bassey - 2027
    Harrison Reed - 2027
    Issa Diop - 2027
    Jay Stansfield - 2027
    Sasa Lukic - 2027
    Timothy Castagne - 2027
    Alex Iwobi - 2028
    João Palhinha - 2028
    Antonee Robinson - 2028

    One thing that stood out to me looking at that list was how little impact loan players had this season. It always seemed like Fulham had at least one impact player on loan, but this season they were irrelevant.

    For the players with expiring contracts, I think it would be good to keep both Willian and De Cordova-Reid, but only at the right price. I think the team can get by next season without either of them if a reasonable deal can't be made. I wish Tosin would stay, but that is clearly not happening.

    I'd say that last summer's signings generally paid off with Bassey, Iwobi, and Castagne. Raul and Traore were hampered by injuries but both had moments that provided some encouragement. With all of that, Fulham feels in pretty good shape already to at least keep a lower mid-table position - IF they can keep the guys under contract. Losing Palhinha or Robinson would make things a lot harder.

    If Fulham want to get better, I think the top priority is a right CB to pair with Bassey. Diop can be a sub, but I just don't trust him as a starter. Robinson showed incredible durability and endurance this season, but I'd feel better if there was a backup option at LB.

    Who should stay? Who should go? What are the choices Fulham needs to make to progress in the Premier League?
     
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  2. stlouisbrad

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    Pretty much agree with everything. I'd keep rodak as well as a backup if he's interested. Top priority is definitely a CB.
     
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    Glad they reminded us that Kongolo made four appearances. I would have guessed only two.
     
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  8. daddude7

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    Crickets. We'll do our business in the last 2 weeks, as usual. We should let Palhinha go, even at a cut price--would rather not have a disgruntled player on a high salary, and I expect some promises were made when he signed his new contract last summer.
     
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  9. dtowndough

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    Why is he disgruntled?
     
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  10. SoCalJoe

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    @dtowndough It’s from the last summer window, when it looked like Bayern was his next landing spot (even flew to Munich & took a physical), but since it was so last minute, we didn’t have time to find a replacement.
     
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  13. dtowndough

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    Huge loss. I really thought Silva would be able to keep him.
     
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  14. MicahMan

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    It is a huge loss, however, I feel this has worked out as well as possible for Fulham. He was a spectacular find who was instrumental in getting Fulham comfortably mid-table after winning promotion. More than any other player, he made the statement that Fulham would be yo-yo-ing no more. That first game against Liverpool was a statement that things would be different. However, spectacular finds don't stick around at clubs like Fulham for long. It would have been far more devastating if he had left last summer with all of the uncertainty surrounding Mitrovic. I'm sure it was disappointing for him to stay, but he was a true professional and put in another solid season for the team. But it was clear last season that Fulham wasn't quite as reliant on him as before. There will be a huge, tackle-hungry, hole to fill in the middle of the field for Fulham, but they are better suited to take on that challenge now than this time last season. Fulham seems to be getting good money for him, so after two great seasons, it is hard to realistically ask for anything more. Okay I'll ask for a little more... please Tony, use the money judiciously but promptly so that the team isn't wondering who will anchor the midfield with 90 minutes left to go in the window!
     
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  15. MicahMan

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    Bobby DeCordova-Reid has left for Leicester:
    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/articles/c06kge3p2k8o

    I'm somewhat surprised the club didn't keep him around. He's a great utility player and was always willing to fill whatever slot Fulham needed him in. Bobby wasn't a clinical striker, but he was a good supporting player who did what he could for the team. I hope he finds success at Leicester (except on August 25, 2024 and January 18, 2025 of course!).
     
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  16. SoCalJoe

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    @MicahMan I wish there was a dislike button, because I’m gonna miss BDR. I think of him like a utility player in baseball. So versatile and so valuable to a squad. Just a professional footballer.
     
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  17. stlouisbrad

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    Agreed. I've become a big BDR fan. I've caught myself tuning into Jamaica games just to cheer him on.
     
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