This team’s done. It’s like a diseased tree or something. It just needs cutting down.
You can blame Stockdale or the defence or whatever but ultimately the attack’s rubbish and the defence is rubbish and even if sometimes they’re not the results keep on going horribly against us. It’s not just like the odd unlucky defeat either: we lost 4-1 at home to Sunderland. 6-0 at Hull.
Serious investment in January? I wouldn’t bother. If you can find someone who’s young, talented, and might be part of the next good Fulham team, by all means snap them up. Ryan Bertrand, for example. But otherwise just leave it. Sell what you can while you’re at it.
Honestly, start again. Sell everyone. Recall Dan burn again. Call up Kerim Frei and ask him to come back. Field 17 XIs where the oldest player is 24. See who might have a future. Give us a glimpse of what this club might be. Stop papering over the cracks; it isn’t working.
There’s just no point to anyone out there at the moment.
Stockdale has been hard done by in his time at Fulham but as many of us have decided, he’s not really a Plan A. Stekelenberg doesn’t look that way either but either will probably suffice for now. The problems aren’t here, really.
I still don’t think Riether’s any good. It’s one of those things: everyone rates him but my sense is that Fulham have not looked much of a team since he became our right back. Sacrilege maybe, but there we are.
I don’t know about our centre-back options, except that they’re all presumably so traumatised by what they’ve been through this season that whatever quality they may have is now well and truly buried. Let’s start again. Let’s try Dan Burn and Brede Hangeland and work with that.
Left back… look, I was impressed with Riise’s return but like many of his colleagues he’s old and not elite. I think Danny Murphy kept going a while because he was very very good and got to play a role that worked for him. Riise’s not at Murphy’s level and it just feels like his famous days are well behind him, that we’re getting a recognisable version, which we feel we ought to be happy with, but which is dangerous for exactly this reason: you think you have John Arne Riise because it looks a lot like the bloke who won all that, but he’s 20% worse than he was here, 20% worse there, and in the end is that a workable full-back?
Scott Parker can stay. He’ll lead the youth revolution. The Riise comment probably applies to him as well but he gets a pass for being so convincing an imitation of his former self.
Sidwell’s making himself undroppable with all these goals but ultimately this is another thing that the management might ultimately have to swat aside in their analysis. I am chuffed for Steve but he’s not going to be a part of the next good Fulham team and might be useful to another team.
What did Clint Dempsey do? Have I talked about pale imitations of former selves? If Bryan Ruiz is a luxury we can’t afford then so is a rehab trip down memory lane for a player who is A) my favourite Fulham player and B) someone who didn’t stand out in MLS this year.
Taraabt is probably another who can stay. If Rene can harness these talents then maybe he’s a keeper. He’s young.
Damien Duff. Is he interested in coaching? IF so let him work with the younguns. I love Duff, I really do. But. Well I’ve said it a few times haven’t I?
Sell Berbatov somewhere. None of this mess is his fault, of course, but we’re starting again aren’t we? He might make money for the club.
Get back to 4-3-3. We hashed this out on Twitter earlier, and while I think Dejagah’s as overrated as anyone, I understand that if we’re to put out an XI of dynamic players he probably has to be in there. Try that thing that worked: Dejagah, Taraabt, Kacaniklic (who I think starts all games now to see what he can do. Pointless to keep selecting him, dropping him, selecting him, dropping him… ) Use three midfielders, Parker, Chris David, and Sidwell until we indentify someone who can do a job in his stead.
Someone will point out that we’re not in the relegation zone. Whatever. We’re dead one way or another. It’s time to start again.