Five Championship matches without a win has left Fulham just five points above the relegation zone in 19th position. They failed to open up a comfortable gap when they were held to a goalless draw away to 22nd placed Millwall on Saturday, adding more pressure on their chances of remaining in England’s second tier.
Kit Symons’ men have an extremely tough run in, as their next four matches are against top eight opposition, and poor results in those games could lead to a whole heap of trouble for the Cottagers.
Although Symons has managed to revitalise Fulham since taking over in September from the hopeless Felix Magath, recent performances have been below par and it is up to the experienced members of the squad to claw Fulham away from danger before it’s too late.
It has been a tough past 18 months or so for the club, with 2014 frankly being a nightmare from start to finish. Fulham were relegated back to the Championship for the first time since 2001 and, under manager Felix Magath, things went from bad to worse.
Other than failing to keep a competent squad in the Premier League, poor management was the cause for Fulham’s terrible start to life in the Championship. They lost the first four matches of the season and Magath was finally sacked before Fulham won a league game at the ninth time of asking, against Birmingham.
Under Kit Symons, the club have won 11 times in 31 matches, which at one point was enough to take them up to mid-table and around ten points off a play-off place. But that dream has disappeared fast, and Fulham are now becoming involved in a relegation dogfight. With that being said, there should be enough quality to survive with plenty of Premier League experience in the squad.
Captain Scott Parker has spent the majority of his career in the top flight and was starting to become an England regular as recent as 2013, which is when he won his last cap for the Three Lions. Parker is exactly the type of player you would want in a relegation battle, as he is someone who will give his all for the team and has the quality to help the side survive.
Fulham managed to keep hold of Hugo Rodallega in the summer and he has chipped in with ten league goals to date. It was only a couple of years ago when many pundits were rating the Colombian’s ability highly, but his career has stalled since. But a very talented player, he has the ability that more than matches most in the division and Fulham are lucky to have him still at the club.
£11million summer signing Ross McCormack hasn’t quite lived up to his price tag but has also managed ten goals this season and will still prove a vital part in keeping Fulham’s head above water. The 28-year-old managed 28 goals for Leeds last season and is a player that is certainly too good to be involved in a relegation scrap.
Then there is Bryan Ruiz, who still remains at the club, and is another player many would deem to be of better quality than the Championship.
With these four key players you would have to say Fulham should have enough to stay up but with the second worst defensive record in the division and tough games to follow, anything could happen with this unpredictable team.