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In Focus: Fulham

23 June 2021

First Team News

In Focus: Fulham

23 June 2021

With the release of the 2021/22 Championship fixtures now less than a day away, we are bringing our 'In Focus' series to a close, with Fulham the last team being put under the microscope.

2020/21 season

After achieving promotion via the Play-Offs in the 2019/20 campaign, Fulham made some solid summer signings, with the likes of Harrison Reed and Tosin Adarabioyo arriving on permanent deals.

Following a tricky start to the season, the Cottagers picked up a couple of victories in November, and then between December and February they lost just four times in 17 games.

That run ended with a brilliant 1-0 win away at Liverpool which gave them major hopes of staying up, but from that point on they went winless and ultimately finished 11 points below the dotted line in 18th.

Star man

Fulham, on paper, have a squad filled with quality, with arguably the standout player being Harrison Reed.

The central midfielder had been at Craven Cottage in their promotion-winning campaign, only on loan from Southampton, but that deal was made permanent last summer.

Reed went on to hugely impress in his 31 Premier League appearances, going on to finish third in the Player of the Season ballot.

The 26-year-old has always shone at this level, with both his current club and also Blackburn Rovers, so if Fulham can keep hold of him amid reported interest from Leeds United then keep an eye out for his performances in the upcoming season.

The gaffer

Former Fulham captain Scott Parker was handed the managerial job on a permanent basis in May 2019 and in his first season at the club, he took them back to the Premier League.

Despite not being able to keep them in the top flight, Parker was praised by the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp for his style of football throughout the course of the campaign.

At the time of writing, Parker is still the Fulham manager, although wide reports in the media suggest that situation may soon change.

Recent clashes

PNE haven't had the best of times against Fulham in recent years, winning just once in their last eight meetings with the Cottagers.

That victory came in the 2019/20 season, when goals from Sean Maguire and David Nugent earned PNE all three points against the promotion challengers.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a late consolation that evening at Deepdale, making it seven goals in six games against North End, so the Lilywhites defence will have a job on their hands keeping him quiet if he stays with the Cottagers over the summer.

Make sure to keep an eye on PNE.Com and across our social media channels on Thursday morning, with the Championship fixtures set to be released at 9am.

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