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Three things Fulham fans learnt from pre-season action against Celta Vigo

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Three things Fulham fans learnt from pre-season action against Celta Vigo

The Cottagers are finalising their preparations ahead of the Premier League season.

On Saturday afternoon, Fulham drew 2-2 with Celta Vigo at Craven Cottage in their final preseason friendly.

With just a week to go until the Premier League season opener against Crystal Palace, here are three takeaways from the friendly.

Aboubakar Kamara and Aleksandar Mitrovic have what it takes to star in the Premier League

The Whites’ two goalscorers on Saturday both bagged wonderful strikes, with Mitrovic executing a stunning turn before slotting home an early finish to open the scoring.

Kamara put Fulham ahead for a second time in the first half, collecting a pass on the right wing before arrowing a low blast into the bottom left of the net.

Both had faced questions about how they would fare in the top flight, yet the two attackers look set to take the Premier League by storm.

The Serbian’s goal revealed he can continue last season’s stunning form, and Kamara has the ability to run teams ragged with searing pace and inventive skills.

(Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Fulham’s defence needs time to gel

Fulham shipped two soft goals against the La Liga side, with both strikes coming from rather routine crosses that were headed in.

The first goal came from a delivery in from the right wing, with Maxime le Merchand beaten to the cross as Celta Vigo responded almost immediately to Mitrovic’s opener.

 

The Spaniards equalised yet again right before halftime when an outswinging free kick was headed in by a completely unmarked Celta Vigo player.

Defensive lapses such as these can be expected in a preseason friendly when the new defensive pairings have not had time to settle, yet they must be corrected quickly if Fulham want to avoid being punished in the top flight.

The arrival of Alfie Mawson should help sort out these errors, yet with the Englishman still not completely fit, Fulham must hope their back four can solidify shortly.

The future looks bright to Fulham’s youngsters

A great moment during the match came when Steven Sessegnon was substituted on and joined his twin brother Ryan on the pitch.

It was an encouraging and heartwarming image to have the two young players playing together, and they were joined by fellow academy graduate Marlon Fossey.

The young American also acquitted himself well on the right side of defence, revealing the bright future for Fulham’s youngsters.

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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