Every club has stories of players they almost signed whether it’s Alex McLeish claiming that he almost signed Lionel Messi or Arsene Wenger saying that he almost signed Kylian Mbappe, but in Fulham’s case, they almost landed a future world superstar when he was just 21 years old.
Indeed, Robert Lewandowski was set to sign for the Whites back in January 2010 on a loan deal with an option to buy, and it’s scary to think of what could have been had the Whites landed the future Champions League Golden Boot winner.
Lewandowski would certainly have added something to Roy Hodgson’s side that possessed Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson as main striking options, but if the £54m-rated striker had signed, he may have completely changed the course of the club’s history.
The Bayern Munich star would have been arriving at Craven Cottage in the midst of their historic Europa League run that saw them lose a cruel final in extra time to Atletico Madrid, but if the Whites had a young and hungry Lewandowski rather than a semi-fit Zamora starting that final up front, you can’t help but feel that things could have turned out so differently.
Of course, winning a Europa League could have had a huge domino effect on the next decade at Craven Cottage.
The Whites have been a much more lucrative destination for any potential signings and the impending sale of the club to multi-billionaire Shahid Khan may have gone a different way if the club were consistently challenging in the top-half of the table with one of the best strikers in the world developing at the club.
However, for one reason or another, that loan deal never came to fruition and neither did the option to buy. Fulham would get their striker that winter in the shape of future Watford flop Stefano Okaka, not the future world-beater they had lined up in Lewandowski.
This is certainly one of the most painful transfers that didn’t come to fruition to look back on in hindsight.