Fulham were one of the Premier League sides heavily linked with a move for Barcelona centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo in the summer transfer window, and it could be argued that the Cottagers made a big mistake in not signing him.
Sky Sports suggested shortly before the transfer deadline that the West London side were in talks with the La Liga giants over a deal for the French defender but ultimately the transfer could not be concluded.
However, considering Scott Parker’s side have kept just one clean sheet in the Premier League so far this season, in the 2-0 win against West Bromwich Albion, you could certainly argue that they should have added more quality in their backline and quality is definitely something that Todibo possesses.
The youngster dazzled at times during his time on loan at Schalke last season, averaging a very solid 6.86 rating for his performances in the Bundesliga (per WhoScored).
Before he even joined Die Königsblauen, he earned the praise of German football icon Lothar Matthaus, who said: “Todibo is the best centre back I’ve seen in a long time. He would be a good reinforcement for Schalke and an enrichment for the Bundesliga. At 20 he is incredibly calm, he always finds interesting solutions,” (per Tribuna).
Taking into account that Matthaus is considered by many to be amongst the greatest who ever played, this is high praise indeed for the youngster, and suggests that he would have been a superb addition to Fulham’s squad.
Joachim Andersen is currently Fulham’s best-performing centre-back in the Premier League this season according to WhoScored, as he has averaged a solid, if unspectacular, 6.64 rating across his appearances, so it can again be argued that centre-back is a position in which the Cottagers need to strengthen.
At just 20-years-old, the Frenchman has plenty of time to progress and Fulham may rue their decision to not pay up for the Barcelona man in the future, especially if he goes on to establish himself as a world-class centre-back.