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Fulham should ditch Ivan Cavaleiro with Willian transfer swoop

Following a solid start to the Premier League season, it seems that Marco Silva is still not satisfied with his ever-growing squad.

With a 2-2 draw to last season’s title challengers Liverpool – in which they led on both occasions – and a solid 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers where they missed a penalty, it could be argued that Fulham would have been good value for two wins.

Who would be a better option for Fulham?

Ivan Cavaleiro

Ivan Cavaleiro

Willian

Willian

These shortcomings could be related to their reported interest in former Chelsea and Arsenal winger Willian, who has recently been linked with a move back to the Premier League to aid Silva’s side.

Looking for a man to kill off games such as these, Fulham need to look no further than the 70-cap “superstar” – in the words of one former footballer – who was once one of the trickiest wingers in the whole league.

He could come in and replace the mediocre Ivan Cavaleiro, who only recorded two league goals last season despite featuring 18 times for the dominant side in the Championship.

Willian conversely has scored 36 Premier League goals and assisted a further 44 over two clubs in his career, and even offered up five goal contributions last season for Corinthians, suggesting he is yet to lose his magic touch.

He is a household name for modern-day fans of the English top-flight, renowned for his sensational free kicks, speed, trickery, and “exceptional” technical ability in the words of Nigerian manager Sunday Oliseh.

Perhaps a return to the league could be exactly what Silva’s side are lacking, and could in the process see him ditch the £24k-per-week dud who has struggled to announce himself at Craven Cottage.

In fact, the Portuguese winger’s terrible stint can be further explained through his miserable 0.3 shots on target per game and 59% dribble success rate, outlining him as a non-threat for opposition defences.

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In Willian’s last season in England, during the 2020/21 season, he still managed a respectable six goal contributions in a struggling Arsenal side.

Not that much time has passed since then, and there is little evidence to suggest that he could not return and do a solid job for Fulham upon their return to the division.

His experience and ability could be exactly what they need, whereas Cavaleiro has offered neither of these things during his stay in west London. He must be ditched at the expense of the experienced Brazilian.

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