Centre-back signings are like busses at Fulham, you wait for ages for one, then loads come along at once.
The Whites signed two centre-halves on deadline day in the shape of Joachim Andersen and Tosin Adarabioyo, but it seems as though their defensive spending spree isn’t over yet.
Indeed, the Cottagers finally look set to sign Terence Kongolo on a permanent transfer after months of speculation, and while the Whites have already signed two centre-backs, Kongolo plugs a gap that had previously been ignored.
Fulham need a left-footed centre-back to step in for Tim Ream, who has proven already this season that he isn’t up to scratch in this division, with the Whites conceding eight goals in the three games he’s started.
Having a left-footer at the back is so important to Fulham due to how much they like to play out from the back, with Ream averaging 62 passes per game this season, so having a player comfortable playing with his left-foot at that left-sided centre-back spot is vital.
It will be even more important if the Whites’ recent switch to five-at-the-back becomes a permanent fixture of Scott Parker’s tactical set-up, where Kongolo will be pushed even wider than he would in a traditional back four, meaning that his ability to play with his left is even more vital.
Parker seems to love playing with a left-footer at the back, and Kongolo will allow him to continue with that strategy, acting as an alternative to Ream, who has been defensively suspect on more than one occasion this season.
This is the perfect profile of signing for Fulham as it plugs a gap that had previously been ignored, but whether or not the £7.2m-rated man is the perfect man to come in and help out this leaky defence remains to be seen.