Over the past couple weeks, Fulham have been linked with a swoop for Werder Bremen left back Ludwig Augustinsson, who recently starred for Sweden in the World Cup.
On Tuesday, Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones tweeted that the Cottagers were confident of securing a deal for the 24-year-old full-back, a hugely encouraging sign.
The transfer would be one of the best pieces of business Fulham makes all summer, as the acquisition of a top-class left-back allows teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon to play in his favoured left wing position.
Last season, Fulham saw a dramatic turnaround in their fortunes after Matt Targett was brought in on loan during the January transfer window.
After the Southampton left back joined the Whites, Ryan Sessegnon was allowed to express himself in an attacking manner, freed from the restriction of a defensive role.
Sessegnon’s best performances have come when he has been stationed on the left wing – the remarkable displays against Newcastle United and Sheffield United spring to mind.
The Whites have tried their best to retain the services of Targett but, despite tabling a £10 million bid for the Englishman, Mark Hughes seems unlikely to let the defender leave St. Mary’s.
“He had a very good tournament: it took him a moment to arrive, but then he was in good shape. His performances were tactically astute, he was offensive, and he dominated his flank. “
Due to the unavailability of Targett, the signing of Augustinsson takes on renewed importance for Tony Khan and the Fulham recruitment team.
Not only would the Swede allow Sessegnon to operate at his full potential, he also offers an impressive pedigree of his own.
Very much the modern full-back, Augustinsson is as comfortable going forward as he is at the back, known for his set piece delivery and knack for drifting forward into dangerous attacking positions.
This impressive duality was on show during the World Cup this summer, as he was part of a Sweden side that advanced all the way to the quarterfinals while conceding just four goals all tournament.
He also bagged an important goal in Sweden’s 3-0 win over Mexico. Not bad for a defender in his first World Cup.
If Fulham manage to secure the signing of Ludwig Augustinsson, they would receive both an exciting left back and a new lease of life for Ryan Sessegnon.