Reports from Love Sport Radio on Thursday claimed Fulham had terminated the loan of Timothy Fosu-Mensah in order to make room for the arrival of Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.
The alleged move is great business for Fulham, as the Manchester United loanee failed to impress, paving the way for the addition of a much-needed experienced centre-half at Craven Cottage.
Fosu-Mensah came to SW6 with an impressive reputation as a promising youngster, but his defending at right back was haphazard at best.
Often quick to over-commit to challenges and dive in with rash tackles, the Dutchman struggled to establish himself as a consistent starter. Particular low points included a penalty conceded against Bournemouth and a listless display at Huddersfield that was compounded by an own goal.
To essentially swap an erratic 21-year-old right back for a 33-year-old Premier League-winning centre-back is a clear upgrade for Claudio Ranieri.
Cahill is undeniably rusty after featuring sparsely this campaign for Chelsea, yet once he returns to full fitness, he will represent Fulham’s best defensive option by far — even at his advanced age.
Despite the recent encouraging performances of Tim Ream and Denis Odoi, the pair are simply not top-flight defenders, and the injury to Alfie Mawson has exacerbated their shortcomings.
If Fulham aspire to stay in the Premier League, an overhaul of their defence is required, and the loan addition of Gary Cahill in the place of Timothy Fosu-Mensah is an excellent move.