Marco Silva’s reign at Craven Cottage has so far got off to a fine start, with the 44-year-old’s Fulham side remaining unbeaten in the Championship after three games played and the Cottagers having secured a number of impressive signings in the summer transfer window.
Having said that, it would be naive to ignore the fact that there is still a considerable amount of interest reported in a couple of Fulham’s biggest stars – none more so than Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, who was absent from the Portuguese manager’s matchday squad on the first day of the season as a result of his reported desire to leave west London.
However, with Silva revealing that he has no intention of sanctioning the sale of the 25-year-old this summer, and subsequently reintroducing the midfielder to his side in the form of two substitute appearances against Huddersfield Town and Millwall, today’s clash with Hull City would appear to be the perfect opportunity for the 44-year-old to unleash the Cameroon international from the off.
With Josh Onomah picking up an injury in Tuesday’s win at The Den, there is a spot which needs filling in Fulham’s midfield. Considering how well Anguissa performed in place of the 24-year-old, it would seem advisable for Silva to stick with the 25-year-old against Hull.
Indeed, over his 45 minutes on the pitch last time out, the £22.5m-rated man completed 95% of his attempted passes, created one big chance, completed five of his seven attempted dribbles, made one key pass and won six of his nine duels.
As such, from this performance it would certainly appear as if Anguissa’s focus is back on doing all he can to ensure that Fulham have the best chance of securing an immediate return to the Premier League this season, with the midfielder’s commitment to the cause potentially being a real game-changer not only in the Hull clash but also for the Cottagers’ campaign as a whole.