At the beginning of the summer, Tony Khan made it clear that Fulham wouldn’t be bringing in that many players and that he wanted the team to line-up similarly to how it did in the Championship.
Here we are a couple of months later and nine players who weren’t at Craven Cottage last season have been added to the squad, and as you can imagine, that has left us wondering about what the future holds for some of Fulham’s promotion heroes.
One man whose future we are slightly concerned about is Josh Onomah.
The former Spurs man seemed to be making his mark at Fulham towards the end of last season, starting each of the Whites’ playoff games, netting a vital goal against Cardiff to kickstart the club’s post-season run.
He’s not quite taken to the Premier League as he would have hoped, averaging a WhoScored rating of just 5.96 in his first two appearances, losing his starting spot to Bobby Decordova-Reid after just 133 minutes of action.
What’s even more worrying is that he may have just fallen further down the Whites’ pecking order, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, a man who is more than capable of playing as a number 10, joining on deadline day from Chelsea.
Onomah is unlikely to get in ahead of the England international, and with the midfield roles being so competitive at Craven Cottage these days, it’s hard to see how he gets consistent game time at Fulham this season.
It’s not as if the 23-year-old isn’t rated at the club. Tony Khan said a few months ago that his data analysis has him down as being just as good as Ryan Sessegnon, a player the Whites sold last summer for £25m.
“In my statistical system, I actually rated Josh Onomah equally with Sessegnon,” Khan said in his interview with The Times, but despite this, it seems as though he’s already fallen down the pecking order at Craven Cottage.
It’s sad to say it, but Onomah’s dream of being a Premier League regular with Fulham this season seems to have ended almost as quickly as it started, and it may be best for all parties if he’s sent out on loan before the end of the domestic window.