On Thursday, Fulham confirmed Aboubakar Kamara had joined Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor on loan until the end of the season.
The loan exit of the controversial winger is a disappointing development for the Whites, revealing Fulham’s poor man-management of the Kamara situation.
Kamara is known to be a volatile personality, infamous for his public clashes with Aleksandar Mitrovic and the reports of his arrest during a training ground clash earlier this month.
But Fulham’s handling of the Frenchman has been misguided at best, creating an atmosphere where one of their most effective attackers saw his talents wasted at Craven Cottage.
During the club’s return to the top flight, Kamara has been one of the few players who possesses the necessary physical traits to keep up in the demanding Premier League. Along with his quickness and strength, Kamara is capable of audacious skills and composed finishes — a part of his game that has improved drastically since joining Fulham in 2017.
Although he is a wild card presence on the pitch, there is no doubting his impact in Fulham’s attack — evidenced by crucial goals against Leicester City and Arsenal, along with an excellent performance versus Wolves.
Yet his decision to take the penalty off Mitrovic against Huddersfield will haunt him. That marked the turning point of his career under Claudio Ranieri, which was confirmed after a reported yoga bust-up. After that point, Kamara was banished to the U-23s, a terrible decision by the club that further isolated the young attacker.
Instead of nurturing his talent and attempting to deal with Kamara’s attitude issues, Fulham banished him from the first team set-up and shipped him out to Turkey.
Now, the Whites appear short on forward options and could undoubtedly use Kamara’s skills in their relegation dogfight.
If only the club had dealt with Aboubakar Kamara in a more tactful manner, then the negative headlines and early exit could have been avoided.