I’m sure a lot of clubs have their equivalent of “Fulhamish” phrases such as “Lads it’s Tottenham” and “Same old Arsenal” come to mind. Fulhamish is an adjective that describes something bad happening to a football team in a comedic way, something that has plagued Fulham FC for years prior.
Watching Jermain Defoe pocket £100,000 a week for Bournemouth aged 35 really gets me annoyed. It really is understated how bad of a signing a 35-year-old Jermain Defoe was for Bournemouth on a three-year deal. Even though it was a free transfer 100 grand a week for three years is still paying 15 million pounds for a man who will be 38 at the end of his current deal. It did get me thinking however, what are the worst free transfers of all time and where does Defoe place on that list? Here are the top ten worst free transfers of all time.
How does Ryan Sessegnon shape up against Gareth Bale? It makes for good reading for Fulham Fans #FFC
Ryan Sessegnon is the name that seems to be on everybody’s mind in recent weeks. Becoming the youngest player to win a PFA Player Of The Month Award since the man he is compared most to. Gareth Bale.
But how does Sessegnon in this early stage in his career shape up against Gareth Bale? The career of the youngster is comparable to the Welshman’s with both men starting out as a left back and eventually making the move further up the pitch to become wingers. Gareth Bale started his career at Southampton but it was at Spurs where he began to move further up the pitch. In this article, we will compare both how Gareth Bale performed at Ryan Sessegnon’s age and how both players have performed when they started to play further up the pitch.
Sessegnon has been in rich goalscoring form this season hitting 12 in 33 Championship games. However, when Gareth Bale was Ryan Sessegnon’s age he hit only five in 40 in the league during his time at Southampton. Comparing Bale and Sess aged 17 is tough because Bale didn’t make the move forward until his early twenties whereas Sessegnon has already begun to make that move further up the pitch.
International Youth Caps: 29
International Youth Goals: 6
International Youth Caps:12
International Youth Goals: 4
As you can see Sessegnon’s move to left wing this season has helped him eclipse Gareth Bale in terms of scoring with Sessegnon scoring at a rate of 0.28 goals per game with Bale hitting the back of the net at a rate of 0.108 goals per game. However, when it comes to assists Bale has Sess beat. Sessegnon is usually the one on the end of a cross rather than the one providing it with his attacking positioning being one of his best attributes.
When you compare the two players on the wing it is tough as you have to take into account the fact that Bale was playing in the Premier League and Champions League whereas Ryan Sessegnon is only playing in The Championship. Of course, everyone remembers Gareth Bale’s game against Inter where he showed up on the world scene making one of the Worlds best right backs look like a Sunday league player Beating Maicon again and again. Sessegnon is yet to play against top opposition so it is tough to compare him to Bale in this early stage in his career. For a better insight, the following comparison will only take into account Gareth Bale’s first few seasons playing as a winger.
Minutes Per Goal: 144
Hat Tricks: 1
Minutes Per Goal: 356
Hat Tricks: 1
The stats really are staggering. With Sessengon scoring the same number of goals in half the time. Then again Bale’s hat trick was against Inter Milan and Ryan Sessegnon’s was against Sheffield United. Sessegnon’s minutes per goal whilst playing on the wing is unbelievable, scoring every 144 minutes at any level is spectacular nevermind as a 17 year old.
The sky is the limit for Ryan Sessegnon but when you compare his numbers to Gareth Bale it really puts it into perspective what a talent Fulham may have on their hands. If Sessegnon can improve at a rate similar to Gareth Bale then there is no reason that he can’t become one of the best players in the world. Sessegnon is mature beyond his years, possessing not only amazing technical and physical attributes but the way he reads a game and gets into positions to score reminds you of a more seasoned centre-forward rather than a 17 year old Left-Back turned winger.
Guiseley have been without a manager for almost three weeks now and the hunt for a new gaffer has not been easy. A name that has been thrown around a lot in recent weeks is Billy Heath who is looking for a job after parting ways with FC Halifax Town last month.
Icelandic midfielder Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson has been making a name for himself this season. If like me you have Fulham’s Twitter on notifications you will surely have seen that Thorsteinsson has been on fire this season. Scoring 7 in 21 from midfield the 19 year-old has aspirations of reaching the first team in the coming years.
In the past 24 hours it has been confirmed by multiple news outlets that Stefano Okaka may be returning to Craven Cottage 8 years after his first loan spell.
There is a serious interest from Fulham however, there is a stumbling block that may force The Whites to look elsewhere. Watford are asking for a £2m loan fee for Okaka.
£2m for a 6 month loan seems very steep although, it is a risk that may pay off if the Italian forward can fire Fulham to the Premier League. Fulham are currently only 5 points away from 2nd place in The Championship.
They are also the 2nd highest scorers in the league trailing only Wolves however goals from their strikers have been hard to come by. Aboubakar Kamara has hit good form recently however his goal tally stands at only seven for the season. Summer signing Rui Fonte has fared even worse scoring only three during this campaign.
It is clear to see why Fulham want to bolster their attack as Wednesday’s deadline approaches. Will Fulham pay £2m to have a striker for 6 months? If history is anything to go by then yes. In January 2012 Fulham paid £4m to sign Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak on a 6 month contract. Pogrebnyak had a great half season at Fulham but moved to Reading when his contract was up in the summer.
Stefano Okaka has played for Fulham before in 2010 he joined on loan playing 11 games and scoring twice.
Fulham captain Tom Cairney is set to leave The Whites during the January transfer window joining London rivals West Ham United. A £15 million bid was rejected earlier this week by The Cottagers however a revised bid including add ons is thought to have been accepted.
Cairney is one of the most talented midfielders in the championship and is definitely cut out for Premier League football. The arrival of Cairney at West Ham however could pave the way for the departure of Manuel Lanzini.
Fulham have seemingly already set their targets on Cairney’s replacement. As I reported on twitter earlier this week Fulham have made contact with Rubin Kazan over the transfer of Ex Blackburn Rovers midfielder Ruben Rochina.
It is thought that Rochina would be a direct replacement for the departing captain adopting the same attacking midfield role.
Rochina always looked a talent in the Premier League during his time with Blackburn Rovers. The 26 year-old looks set for a return to England after leaving the Lancashire side in 2014. Rochina scored his first ever Premier League goal against Fulham in a 1-1 draw most remembered for the debut of Bryan Ruiz.