A couple of years ago I remember a fans’ forum at Craven Cottage. At the forum someone asked if we were going to get a spare centre-back to back up Hangeland and Hughes. Hodgson noted that he’d like to, but that finding players a) good enough to be a regular first team player but b) happy to not be a regular first team player are quite rare. Hence the Smalling/Baird contingency, which seemed fine last season.
And then this.
I like the signing on the surface. Senderos played in a very attacking Arsenal side and was occasionally exposed as a result. AC Milan saw enough there to take him on loan. Now, he didn’t stick with either, but does that mean he can’t be valuable to Fulham? Of course not. This is just the sort of signing Roy’s good at, talented players who may have lost their way slightly. I like it a lot.
However, we have to ask ourselves whether a young international centre-back was really needed. We may be reading too much into this, but why would Senderos sign for Fulham knowing that we have the most entrenched centre-back pairing in the league? True, Roy is a legend in Switzerland, but even so, we must worry that Senderos isn’t here to backup anyone, that there’s news we don’t yet know about concerning Brede Hangeland.
Never mind. Nice pickup either way.