Fulham needed to get players off their books on deadline day, and they’ve managed to do just that as Anthony Knockaert has joined Nottingham Forest on loan until January, with the Midlands club holding an option to buy him in winter.
This move is somewhat perplexing, Fulham have only just spent over £10m on the winger back in July, but here we are in October and he’s already been moved on.
To be fair, Knockaert didn’t seem to be in Scott Parker’s plans this season, failing to make a single appearance in the Premier League so far this term.
However, the question remains, why did Fulham bother purchasing him in the first place?
Tony Khan’s comments when Fulham announced his permanent signing make it seem as though he thought he was a player who could help the club for years to come, but just 98 days later he’s no longer with the club, and if with the Reds having the choice to make that loan permanent, he may never play for Fulham again.
“I’m pleased to announce that we’ve exercised our option to convert Anthony Knockaert’s loan agreement to a permanent, and now Anthony will be with us at Fulham for the future!” Khan said.
“Anthony has become important to our squad since his arrival. Our loan deal with Brighton expired this month, and exercising our option ensures that Anthony will be with us for the remainder of our push for promotion this season and beyond!”
Unfortunately, ‘this season and beyond’ actually meant a handful of appearances at the end of the 2019/20 campaign and three games in the Carabao Cup this season. Of course, he could force his way back into the side in January, but the likelihood of that is slim considering he’s not appeared once in the league this term.
Getting rid of any player you’ve signed just three months after his arrival is going to be seen as a dodgy decision, but it’s made that much worse when Khan’s comments talk about how much he will help in the future.
It’s yet another black mark against the Fulham Director of Football’s record, and another indicator that he may just be making it all up as he goes along, just as we said when he betrayed his transfer vow about developing others’ players earlier this month.