Fulham are not the first promoted side to struggle to adapt to the Premier League or to integrate a host of summer signings into the team.
So as worrying as the meek 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield was, there is still the possibility they can improve and survive comfortably.
But more perplexing, and the biggest argument in favour of Slavisa Jokanovic losing his job, is the fact that the Whites have completely abandoned the playing style that got them promoted.
In the Championship, the foundation of Fulham’s success was their ability to keep the ball. Opponents were unable to attack their fragile defence with regularity because they didn’t have the ball often enough to do so.
It was always going to be tough to replicate the same monopoly on possession in the Premier League, but there was precious little evidence of that flowing play at the John Smith Stadium last night. But why?
Fulham’s £100m summer transfer spree was geared towards recruiting players good enough to carry out their passing style in the top flight, but instead it has been abandoned.
It is hard enough to succeed in the Premier League doing what you do best; it is nearly impossible to survive doing a pale imitation of what got you promoted.
Whether or not Jokanovic’s days are numbered, he must ensure he goes back to what got his side back into the top flight.