English Championship leaders Fulham are the form team in the division after they took their winning run to four games with an emphatic win over Stoke City. Fulham thrashed the Potters 3-0 at home to make it four consecutive wins in the Championship. The Cottagers have won all their games in the league since the opening weekend of the new season as they attempt to secure an instant return to the Premier League.
Michael Hector is one of the players that could leave Fulham this summer after it was confirmed that the centre back is available for a transfer. West London Sport reported that Fulham are prepared to trim their squad by offloading one or two of their central defenders.
Fulham have six centre backs in their first team at the moment including Hector. Others are TosinAdarabioyo, Alfie Mawson, Maxim Le Marchand, Terrence Kongolo and Tim Ream.
English journalist Darren Witcooprevealed on Twitter that Bournemouth are keen on signing Hector this summer. The Cherries have appointed Scott Parker as their new manager and he knows all about the defensive qualities that Hector possesses having worked with him at Fulham.
Newcastle United are leading the race to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth in the English Championship. It has been reported that the Magpies are leading Fulham and Cardiff City in the race to sign him.
Newcastle United are the only Premier League team in the hunt for the American international after Fulham failed to secure Premier League safety and Welsh team Cardiff City didn't make the playoffs at the end of the Championship season last term.
North London giants Arsenal are said to be one of the clubs interested in a move for Fulham midfielder Frank ZamboAnguissa. The Gunners interest in the Cameroonian international was reported by popular media outlet Metro as the club continues the search for a midfielder.
Arsenal are expected to sign at least one midfielder this summer and it could be more depending on the departures at the club this summer.
Swiss international Granit Xhaka has already been linked with a move to the Italian Serie A. Recent reports claimed that AS Roma are in talks with the Gunners over a move for him. Another Arsenal midfielder that could be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium is Joe Willock who had a fantastic loan spell at Newcastle United in the second half of the recently finished Premier League campaign.
Fulham are on the brink of relegation from the English top flight after their derby defeat at Chelsea at the weekend.
The Cottagers needed to win the game to boost their failing hopes of securing another season in the Premier League but Champions League chasers Chelsea had other ideas thanks to the impressive Kai Havertz. His two goals either side of the interval propelled the Blues to a 2-0 win over Fulham in the West London Derby.
German international Havertz gave the hosts the lead inside ten minutes after he latched on to a wonderful pass from English midfielder Mason Mount. He added a second goal four minutes after the interval off the assist from the much maligned Timo Werner to wrap up the game for Chelsea against the Cottagers.
England are well-known to always scout for the best players to recruit for their national teams for all categories, as long as those players are eligible to represent the Three Lions at any stage. They want to continue that tradition after reports recently making the rounds are all confirming that they are trying to beat Nigeria to Fulham's talented youngster Michael Olakigbe.
Three years ago, Nigeria were very close to acquiring the services of the young star and were close to convincing him to pledge his allegiance to the Super Eagles national team, but according to recent reports, England have stolen the march in the race and are now the more likely candidates who the youngster will be playing for.
Fulham were on course to return to the English Championship at the end of this campaign after one season in the Premier League until they began to record excellent results from their last three outings. The form from those three games has given Fulham the chance at redemption in their quest to survive relegation in the Premier League this season under manager Scott Parker. As at last week, the Cottagers were ten points adrift of safety as the third and final team in the relegation zone. The other two teams in the relegation zone are West Brom and Sheffield United. A run of seven points from the last three games has given Fulham a big chance to stay in the league in what's a remarkable turnaround from last week when they looked dead and buried. At that point, a lot of Premier League football watchers had written Fulham off as one of the three teams to be relegated alongside West Brom and Sheffield United but the relegation picture has changed in the last one week.
West Brom and Fulham locked horns at the Hawthorns and while both teams were in dire need of a win, none of them could secure all three points as they both had to share the spoils and settle for a point apiece. Fulham looked like they were going to seal the win after first taking the lead but after falling into a precarious situation that saw them trail afterwards, they came back to draw the match.
The final score of the game was 2-2 and here is how all the Fulham players fared in the game.
Alphonso Arreola: 6
Was not impressive and also did not engage in many activities aside from bringing out the ball from his net on the two occasions he conceded.
Ola Aina: 7
Top performance from the right-back. He has kept improving game by game and was only Unlucky that the first West Brom goal deflected off him.
Joachim Andersen: 9
Chelsea midfielder N'GoloKante will sit out the upcoming West London Derby with hosts Fulham through suspension. The Frenchman has five yellow cards in the league this season and he'll miss the Fulham game at the Craven Cottage as a result.
N'GoloKante collected the fifth yellow card of the season during the league match with Manchester City at the weekend. Kante was culpable for the third goal as Manchester City raced into a three-goal lead at the interval. The Blues scored a consolation goal in added time courtesy Callum Hudson-Odoi after coming on for Hakim Ziyech in the second half as the Blues ended the game with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of their fellow title contender.
Holders Liverpool could be without eight players for their Premier League trip to London to take on hosts Fulham in a week twelve duel scheduled for Craven Cottage on Sunday evening. The Reds have had to deal with several injury issues this season,but their title challenge has remained firm in the face of the injury problems.
Liverpool are expected to be without first choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker for the Fulham game as he continues to recover from his hamstring problem. Young shot stopper Caoimhin Kelleher has deputised well for Alisson in his absence though the Brazilian international should be ready to return for the top-of-the-table home league clash with title rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Wednesday night. Kelleher has been in the Liverpool goal for the last three games in all competitions, conceding just one goal.