Fulham are set to fight it out with AFC Bournemouth for Huddersfield Town winger Isaac Mbenza.
The midfielder hasn’t played a Championship game for the Terriers since October and is clearly not in Danny Cowley’s current plans.
Mbenza has found it difficult to make an impact in the second-tier of English football, and it looks as though the 23-year-old is going to be offered a way out of the Yorkshire club.
Here’s ONE winner and ONE loser if Fulham manage to secure a deal for the winger…
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Winner – Scott Parker
The manager would be delighted to bring in a player of his calibre who did prove that he could compete at a high level during his days in France. Parker would see this as a big step to filling the void of the injured Aleksandar Mitrovic and a way of adding some more flair to Fulham.
At times they can look very slow on the transition, and Mbenza is a player who could change that and get the ball up the pitch quickly and scare opposition defenders. Just because Cowley couldn’t get the best out of him, doesn’t mean that another manager won’t be able to.
Loser – Anthony Knockaert
It could spell serious worry for Knockaert out on the wing for Fulham. He’s a good player and everyone knows the ability that he has but at this current moment in time, he hasn’t been as good as previous seasons and disappears to often.
The ex Brighton winger had a good game against Middlesbrough, but he’ll have to have more of them if he’s going to keep out an energetic Mbenza from the team. If he continues to perform then there’s no reason why he wouldn’t keep his spot, but he can sulk when not in a starting XI so it’ll be interesting to see what effect this competition has on him.