We are not even one month past the successful conclusion to the 2008-2009 Fulham season and speculation is starting to ramp up about who might come and who might go for the Cottagers during the always busy summer transfer period.
One thing is certain regarding the 2009-2010 season......Fulham will have to add some depth in most areas on the pitch to be able to not just compete in the Europa League, but to avoid players wearing out come February, March, April and May.
The 2008-2009 team was fantastic. Roy Hodgson was able to play a consistent side that included the same starting eleven most every match of the season. Fulham was fortunate to not have to deal with many injuries last season as well. Can we expect another injury-free season? Probably not. On top of that with the extra fixtures for the Europa League more players are needed to keep the team fresh for not just the European matches, but the all important league matches as well.
Fulham did make one signing already when they snapped up right back Stephen Kelly. While the Irish international may not start every match, he will see some playing time for Roy Hodgson. He does have some Premier League experience with Tottenham and most recently Birmingham City. He does add some depth to the defense which at the end of the day seems to be the goal of this signing.
As for other rumours and such, the Cottagers have been in the British papers as being interested in Jo. The Brazilian striker struggled with Manchester City last season after his big money move there, but when he was loaned out to Everton, he was a different player. He scored goals and set up others and looked to be a solid Premier League player. Personally, I like Jo. I think for the rumoured 8-million-pound price tag that he would be a good addition to Fulham. I think he can score goals and give us more options up front. I could see Andy Johnson pairing up with Jo and making a great strikeforce for the Cottagers. What are your thoughts on Jo? Do you think he would be good for Fulham?
The Cottagers have also been rumoured to be interested in both Gareth Bale and Tom Huddlestone of Tottenham. Bale came to White Hart Lane from Southampton as a can't miss left back. However, he has had some injury problems and has not quite lived up to the billing that was placed on him. Huddlestone is a strong central midfielder that when given some consistent playing time has shown he definitely has what it takes to play in this league. I like both of these players, but I would be curious as to what the combined asking price would be for these two players. What are everyone's thoughts on these two players? Would they fit in at Fulham with what Roy Hodgson is trying to do?
Overall, there will be some comings and goings this summer in the Fulham camp. I would guess more will be coming than going. Rumours are always swirling regarding transfer talk and it is always fun to read it and think what might be. That being said, I leave you with this......give me one or two realistic targets you think would do well at Fulham and why you feel these targets would succeed? Is there any one player out there that you think would be a perfect fit at Fulham? Let me know your thoughts on the transfer window as it pertains to Fulham.