Alfie Mawson is currently impressing on loan at Bristol City in the Championship, to the extent where Scott Parker must consider him part of his first-team plans for next season.
The centre-back joined Dean Holden’s side on a season-long loan in the summer and has impressed with the Robins thus far, having averaged a superb 7.21 rating across his five appearances in the Championship (per WhoScored).
When he joined the club, Bristol City CEO Mark Ashton shared his delight with the signing, saying:
“Alfie will make an excellent addition to Dean’s squad and I am delighted to see this deal completed at the beginning of the new season. Alfie is a player we have been interested in for some time and I am pleased to say we have got our man.” (per Bristol City)
Since joining from Swansea City in 2018 in a deal that could be worth £20 million, the Englishman has struggled with fitness and injury issues, meaning he has managed to make just 44 appearances in all competitions for the Cottagers thus far (per Transfermarkt).
Unfortunately for the defender, he looks to have picked up another long-term knee injury whilst on loan with Bristol City. However, if he can get himself fit in time for the start of the 2021/22 season with Fulham then there’s no reason why he can’t be considered a part of Parker’s first-team squad, provided he can stay fit.
The Cottagers have managed just one clean sheet in the Premier League this season, which came in the 2-0 win against fellow relegation candidates West Brom, so it could definitely be argued that they will need defensive reinforcements for next season, should they manage to stave off relegation from the top-flight.
One man Fulham were linked to in the recent summer transfer window was Inter defender Milan Skriniar and perhaps if the West London club do stay up, they could reignite their reported interest in the Slovakian international next summer.
However, with the 25-year-old centre-back currently valued at £45 million by Transfermarkt, it would surely prove to be an extremely expensive outlay for Tony Khan and the rest of the Fulham board, so perhaps they would be better off keeping faith in Mawson’s ability.
After all, the defender earned an international call-up during his time at Swansea, so he clearly has the talent, it is just about ensuring that he stays fit.