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One in, one out: The Deadline Day deals Fulham should prioritise

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One in, one out: The Deadline Day deals Fulham should prioritise

Fulham have had one of the standout windows in the Premier League and they will be looking to have a strong deadline day. They have been ambitious in their recruitment and are already emerging as top-half contenders.

Although they have done the majority of their business, they will remain active until the final hours, as the board try to provide Slavisa Jokanovic with the strongest squad possible. There are few noticeably weak areas, but more depth is required for it to be a comfortable season.

The signing of Aleksandar Mitrovic was important after his success on loan at Craven Cottage. However, there isn’t a lot of competition for him and that is an area that Fulham may look to address on the final day of the window.

Below, we discuss one potential arrival and one potential departure that would improve Fulham on deadline day.

Sign Tammy Abraham

There is likely to be a lot of loan movement on deadline day and Tammy Abraham is one of the best attacking prospects that remains on the market. He will realise that his game-time at Chelsea will be limited and at the age of 20, he is ready for regular first-team involvement.

(during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Lyon at Stamford Bridge on August 7, 2018 in London, England.

Last season, he disappointed at Swansea City as he scored only five Premier League goals. However, he was playing in a poor team and the striker wasn’t given as many starts as he would have expected. If he was in a team with a better attacking unit, he would be more effective in the top-flight.

 

Fulham would benefit from another striker joining the club before the deadline to provide competition for Mitrovic. Abraham is a different profile of striker who would offer dynamic movement and it would be beneficial to have that option in the squad.

The 20-year-old’s brother joined Fulham last year and that connection could make the move appeal more to Abraham amid interest from other clubs. The Cottagers have one more Premier League loan spot and the Chelsea striker would make good use of it.

Sell Marcus Bettinelli

This would be harsh after his role in the club’s promotion, but it is looking increasingly likely that Bettinelli will find himself as the third choice at Craven Cottage.

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Sport report that Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico is closing in on a loan move to Fulham and he is likely to arrive as number one after accumulating over 100 appearances for the La Liga club.

After the signing of Fabri earlier in the window, it is clear that Fulham pinpointed the goalkeeping position as an area of weakness and they haven’t put their trust in Bettinelli. At the age of 26, it is too soon for him to accept a third-choice role for a Premier League club.

There are a number of Championship clubs that would be interested in Bettinelli if he becomes available for loan. The moment Rico signs, that may become a reality.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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