Fulham’s leaky defence has drawn attention in the Premier League but it was not the best even in the Championship.
In the second tier, a combination of the Whites’ rampant attacking force taking the pressure off and some good luck with injuries saw Slavisa Jokanovic get away with it.
The Serbian knew he couldn’t repeat the trick this season, especially with Ryan Fredericks leaving for West Ham, but left it late to react.
A late flurry of defenders arrived at Craven Cottage, without much of a pre-season to speak of to get up to speed and build the partnerships that are so crucial at the back.
Jokanovic’s problem is that a back four needs gametime to get acquainted but it is hard to resist the temptation to rotate on the back of a weekend where the goals have flown in.
Last night’s EFL Cup defeat to Manchester City saw Fulham perform reasonably well defensively, going down 2-0.
The Whites have a huge match against Huddersfield on Monday night and a clean sheet is absolutely imperative.
Alfie Mawson has struggled with his fitness since arriving from Swansea in the summer, but many Whites fans believe the 6ft 1in defender must be recalled to the backline for the trip to the John Smith Stadium.
We’ve taken a closer look…
Maybe Mawson and MLM at CB ? Bryan and Christie ??
— Adam Fenteman (@adamfffc) November 2, 2018
Been saying for a long time now odoi isnt a centre back he is a right back..no good for us..wish we had kept kalas. Put mawson in there.
— Jon Goldsmith (@Fulhamboi) November 2, 2018
— David (@DavidDofarrell) November 2, 2018
— P. Adams (@Est1879) November 2, 2018
Mawson and MLM need to be our starting CBs but Jokanovic is too stubborn and will stick with what isn't working. He's the biggest change we need for me.
— Danny D (@TripleD_DDD) November 2, 2018
What about mawson?
— TJ1 (@Fulham333) November 2, 2018
Free Alfie Mawson🙌
— Cottage Central (@cottage_central) November 1, 2018
— Pascal Tootell (@Pasc_Tootell) November 1, 2018