The Telegraph have claimed that newly-promoted Fulham are leading the race to sign Arsenal defender William Saliba on loan this summer, with the French teenager unlikely to break into the starting eleven this season.
Saliba, 19, joined Arsenal from St. Etienne for a fee of £27million (Goal) in the summer of 2019 – with the France Under-20 international returning to St. Etienne on loan for the 2019-20 campaign, in which he played 17 times.
He rejoined Arsenal this summer but the Gunners have also brought in Gabriel from Lille, who is seemingly first choice alongside the likes of Rob Holding and David Luiz. The club also have Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis.
So, Saliba is some way down the pecking order and Fulham are leading the way to take Saliba on loan. A report in Sunday’s Mail (page 143) claimed that Arsenal had offered Saliba to Leeds – but a move to Fulham seems likely.
TBR’s view – Saliba a good Fulham signing, but what they need?
Fulham need a central defender and Saliba is certainly that – one with enormous potential and quality. But the Cottagers need a central defender that can take them away from the relegation zone, and does Saliba have the necessary experience?
Probably not. While he has the quality, he is yet to play a single match in England at senior level. He would be a good signing for Fulham, but he is far from what Scott Parker needs to take his side from the depths of England’s top tier, to safety.