Slavisa Jokanovic led Fulham from the Championship to the Premier League but his tactics were not enough to keep him in control.
To help your pursuit of glory in FIFA 19‘s Career Mode, Football FanCast have scouted the club from top to bottom so follow these tips and they’ll build you a statue outside the ground.
Take on the Craven Cottage job and the board’s main priority is that you develop youth players. It is your only critical task, and the Fulham executives ask that you grow two academy players by at least ten overall points and hand the prospects a minimum of five matches once they become eligible for senior action.
Additionally, you are requested to scout at least three future stars, aged no higher than 20, whose potential must be greater than the average rating of those already contesting the spots.
As for general results, the board would like you to finish in the middle of the Premier League pack, but class this as a very low priority. Certainly, at Fulham, future stars should be your focus over short-term success.
The Cottagers give a more than modest war chest to go to work with, when you take into consideration they would rather you develop your own players than buy new recruits.
At first, you are handed £39.9million to play with, with £101,000 set for wages, but the best way to spend the first few mil is on scouts. The higher the star rating for their experience and judgment, the higher the costs, meaning you could burn through close to £10m before a player is even signed.
Fulham recruited heavily in the summer with Alfie Mawson, Maxime Le Marchand and Calum Chambers joining, but to get the most out of your squad, you’ll want to play Chambers as a holding midfielder.
The other two walk straight into the starting XI, as 30-year-old Tim Ream is the next best, meaning you’ll want at least one more central defender in your ranks.
Should you push for a first choice centre-back, Hertha Berlin’s Karim Rekik would be the perfect addition, but will cost you £20.5million and the Bundesliga side are fixed on that.
Right-wing is another position in your side where an on-loan player can fill, but for £15.4million OGC Nice’s Allan Saint-Maximin would be a great addition.
The rapid French winger is supreme with the ball at his feet and has insane potential.
Should you push for another centre-back, you can always shift Le Marchand over to the left full-back slot to cover for Joe Bryan, but a better alternative would be to sign Kieran Tierney.
The 21-year-old has incredible stats for a 76 rated defender, but can also develop into an 86 rated wing-back, wide-mid and centre-half. For such a talent, the Scottish side will push for £15million, yet should settle for closer to £14m.
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Fulham’s defensive and midfield ranks are packed to the rafters and one option to sell is 29-year-old Kevin McDonald.
The defensive midfielder will not challenge Andre Franck Zambo Anguissa for a spot as the starting defensive midfielder alongside Jean Michael Seri, nor would he be a threat to Chambers for the role, yet carries a nice £4.3million valuation.
Another 29-year-old worth selling is Floyd Ayite. The Togo international is the third choice left-winger behind Ryan Sessegnon and Neeskens Kebano, who both have greater potential to match their current stature.
In contrast to McDonald and Ayite, Moritz Jenz is a youngster but still demands to be sold. The 19-year-old is just 54 rated, so won’t make you much money, but will never get near your team and instead saps one of the spots in your squad.
18-year-old Ryan Sessegnon is a bit of a cheat when it comes to the term ‘for the future’ as the teenager is already a must-have fixture in your starting XI.
He will start life as a 75 rated left-winger, who is just at home at left-back, but monsters on to an 88 rating – a leap of 13 tiers – and ranks inside the top 25 wonderkids on FIFA 19.
The brother to Ryan, Steven Sessegnon is another one of Fulham’s youngsters to keep an eye on. He’ll never match his brother’s heights inside the top 25 wonderkids, but the 18-year-old will grow into a solid right-back one day.
It would be fair to say you’re better off scouting your own future stars in FIFA 19 than relying on Fulham’s youth ranks to serve up the hidden gems.
Matt O’Riley joins Steven Sessegnon with the second-highest potential at 77, but it would be a grind to get the 17-year-old up the 20 ratings necessary just to be a squad player.