Jack Stroudley looks at some options Fulham could sign from the second tier.
We’re well and truly into silly season, and (as usual) Fulham have stumbled out of the blocks with other clubs around us doing business while we sit patiently and look to scope out the best deals. There have been murmurings of players with international talent with the likes of Igor, Roger Ibanez and Lucas Ocampos all being linked with a move to West London. But what about a bit closer to home, in the Championship? Here are some players Fulham could take the gamble on this summer.
1. Gustavo Hamer
This is someone that may ring a bell for some Fulham fans as we were rumoured with signing him around this time last year. Fast-forward a season and Hamer has continued to acclimatise to England well and has flourished under Mark Robins for Coventry City. The central midfielder gained 20 goal contributions last season (not including the play-offs) and would provide excellent competition in a midfield that Fulham appear to be looking to strengthen.
His defensive output is just as solid with 2.8 tackles per 90 and with 7.23 progressive passes per 90 he looks like someone ready to make the step up to the Premier League. At 26 and with a year left on his current contract, this feels like a move that someone in the top flight will make this summer and it’s certainly one Fulham should consider.
2. Alex Scott
This is a youngster who will be on the radar of a lot of top clubs. Aged just 19, Alex Scott has come off the back of a fantastic season for Bristol City and it looks like he’s pushing for a move up to the Premier League. With a solid 2.34 progressive carries per 90 and 1.22 successful take-ons, he looks like a midfielder for the future. His valuation is a tad steep at £25m and while I think that money would be better spent elsewhere, it may be worth seeing if we could strike up a deal with the Robins.
3. Viktor Johansson
This one could be a bit of a gamble. Johansson is a 24-year-old Swedish goalkeeper who plays for Rotherham United. He’s come off the back of a fantastic season for the Millers with the most saves in the league at 158 while also picking up a solid 13 clean sheets. Rotherham have a lot to thank Johansson for as he more than pulled his weight in ensuring they survived last season. I’m not saying Johansson will start many games, but we are in the need for a back-up with Rodak looking for a move away. I think that we won’t have to give Rotherham a huge fee and we would be getting a solid keeper who will only improve with age.
4. Tyler Adams
I didn’t want to just put down player after player who have just been relegated which is why I broadened my search, but Tyler Adams keeps coming back to mind for me. He’s a hard-hitting defensive midfielder who would add fantastic depth to our side. With 3.72 tackles per 90 as well as 2.00 blocks he would be an excellent option to have. His passing and dribbling was pretty limited last season but he was playing for a pretty poor Leeds side. Aged just 24, Adams will only get better and with Leeds looking to get rid of players, a good deal could be made.