Fulham host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, with the Whites embroiled in a relegation battle and Spurs challenging up at the top of the table.
Although Fulham have struggled this year against the Premier League’s big sides, Tottenham must be wary of the instant impact of the Cottagers’ new signing Ryan Babel.
Fulham signed the mercurial attacker earlier this week from Besiktas, with the 32-year-old joining on a six-month permanent deal.
Babel’s career has taken a wide number of untraditional turns after he left Liverpool, but his recent form gives Fulham reason to be optimistic.
Most notably, the winger has starred for the Dutch national team in their successful UEFA Nations League campaign. Babel became an integral starter who contributed a goal and an assist in matches against World Cup champions France.
In addition, Babel has the opportunity to revitalise a tired-looking Fulham attack that has struggled to score goals without the help of talisman Aleksandar Mitrovic.
With Spurs’ defence focused on stopping the main target of Mitrovic, space could be freed up for Babel to work his magic out wide.
Desperately in need of a January boost, Fulham have turned to Ryan Babel to shake up their attack. Tottenham would do well to closely watch the new arrival on Sunday or face the Dutchman’s wrath.