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Fulham flop Rui Fonte’s goalscoring woes continue on loan in France

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Fulham flop Rui Fonte’s goalscoring woes continue on loan in France

When Fulham signed Rui Fonte in a multi-million pound purchase from Braga in 2017, many supporters believed the Portuguese striker would provide the goals to fire the Whites to promotion.

Yet Fonte ended up as a disappointing flop at Craven Cottage, and his goalscoring woes have continued after he was loaned out this season to Lille.

The striker is goalless in his seven appearances in Ligue 1 this campaign, starting five matches and coming off the bench on two occasions.

Fonte has also failed to establish himself as an integral member of the Lille squad, as he has been completely left out of the team on four instances so far.

 

Unfortunately for Fonte, his struggles in front of goal seem to be carrying over from his initial season at Fulham. The striker bagged his first goal back in August 2017 against Ipswich, yet failed to find the back of the net for a further five months.

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Fonte’s brace against Burton took his goal tally for the league season up to three, where it remained for the rest of the campaign. After the arrival of Aleksandar Mitrovic and the emergence of Aboubakar Kamara, Fonte found playing time hard to come by and was frozen out of the starting XI.

Although the striker’s head never dropped and he was quick to offer passion from the bench, Fonte’s debut Fulham season was a disappointing failure.

And it appears his loan spell in France is hardly going much better, with Rui Fonte still searching for his first goal since January.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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