For the second season in a row, Fulham are having an outstanding campaign under the management of Slavisa Jokanovic. The Serbian is leading them to the Championship play-offs but is also still firmly in the battle for automatic promotion with Cardiff City and Aston Villa.
It would be a fine reward and the culmination of a brilliant season for Fulham if they could indeed secure a place back in the Premier League.
If they did manage to do just that, the Cottagers should start looking at bringing one of their former talents back to the club.
Fulham have developed some great young talent in recent years as Ryan Sessegnon’s form and stature would attest to.
Another player reared at Fulham is winger Patrick Roberts. The 21-year-old emerged as one of the Championship’s top talents in the 2014-15 season. It piqued the interest of several top clubs, including Manchester City. According to The Guardian, he arrived in a deal which could eventually be worth £11 million.
But he has spent most of his time out on loan at Celtic from City. With Manchester City crowned Premier League champions at the weekend, a first-team opportunity looks incredibly unlikely next season.
Celtic are often mentioned as having an interest in signing the player permanently but, as of yet, no deal has been formalised.
Fulham would be wise to try and bring the player back to Craven Cottage. After an initial 18-month stint at Celtic, the Bhoys wanted to sign him permanently last summer, but Pep Guardiola would not allow it. A new loan deal instead was agreed.
This time around it has not been as successful, in part due to injuries, but Fulham would surely tempt Roberts back to his home club if they were in the Premier League.
Whether it be on a loan deal or permanently a return to Fulham would be excellent for the 20-year-old.