Fulham: Analyzing the credentials of the Cottagers

Mohamed Al-Fayed’s club had a decent 2011/12 EPL season, in which they finished 9th and caused significant trouble to bigger clubs such as Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle. Fulham’s manager, Martin Jol, has been reasonably busy in the transfer market and so far has also managed to retain most of the main players that helped guide the club to a respectable position. Keeping that in mind, can the Cottagers perform better this season or will they struggle to repeat last season’s performance? This is Futbol’s Jordan Florit presents a detailed look at the shape of Fulham’s squad and the club’s pre-season preparations prior to the eagerly anticipated upcoming season.

“The first season in charge of Fulham for Martin Jol was a hugely successful one, building on the solid foundations Roy Hodgson had built prior to Mark Hughes’ brief stint as manager at Craven Cottage.

Finishing 9th – one position below their 8th-placed finish of the 2010/11 campaign, but with a higher points total – Jol could deem his first season back managing on British soil a success. Their 52 point haul was The Cottagers’ second highest ever tally. The Dutchman quickly made an impression in London – his second spell in England’s capital, having formerly managed Tottenham Hotspur – by splashing out £10.6m on Costa Rican forward Bryan Ruiz from FC Twente…”
Read more at This is Futbol.

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