Why Fulham’s defensive problems will only get worse
Fulham possess the joint-leakiest defence in the Premier League, with their 3-0 loss to Everton at the weekend bringing their conceded goal tally to 16.
Yet a double blow of unfortunate injury news at Goodison Park means the Whites’ defensive woes will only increase in the coming weeks.
Less than ten minutes in, right-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah struggled off the pitch and was rushed to hospital after a suspected dislocated shoulder. And, with five minutes to go at the end of the match, left-back Joe Bryan hobbled off the pitch with a hamstring injury.
Both players are expected to be out of the first-team squad for a number of weeks, marking terrible news for a Fulham back four that is increasingly unsettled.
The absences of Fosu-Mensah and Bryan will force Slavisa Jokanovic to hand Cyrus Christie and Ryan Sessegnon starts in defence. Christie endured a torrid afternoon at Goodison, and Sessegnon is clearly better suited playing in a more advanced position.
Despite the return of calming influence Tim Ream, Fulham’s knack for conceding goals seems set to continue due to devastating injuries to both the club’s first choice full-backs.