Fulham host Hull City in the Championship tomorrow, as Scott Parker’s side look to break into the play-off places.
Only five points separate leaders West Brom and 11th-placed Birmingham City, in what’s proving to be one of the tightest Championship tables we’ve seen in recent years.
One of those teams in the mix is Fulham. Under Scott Parker in his first full-season as a football manager, he’s guided the Cottagers to a mixed start to the season and finds his side 7th going into the weekend – a point behind Bristol City.
A win could throw his team into the play-off places and all would seem well at Craven Cottage, but the visit of Grant McCann’s Hull won’t be an easy one by any means.
Here we take a look at two selection changes that Parker should consider for tomorrow:
Bobby Reid out, Anthony Knockaert in?
Bobby Reid was meant to be the ‘next big thing’ in the Championship after scoring 21 goals for Bristol City in the 2017/18, winning the Supporters’ Player of the Year award and the Golden Boot – but he’s since proven to be something of a one-season wonder.
He played one game for the Welsh club this season before joining forces with Fulham, where he’s yet to get off the mark.
In fairness, Parker has played him as part of a midfield-three on most occasions, but he played in the front-three in his side’s 0-0 draw at Middlesbrough last time out.
He had little impact on the game up-top, and we could see fellow-loanee Anthony Knockaert reclaim his spot in the Fulham front-three for the Hull game.
Harrison Reed out, Harry Arter in?
Fulham made a handful of loan signings in the summer and here’s another two.
Harrison Reed joined from Southampton and Harry Arter from Bournemouth. Reed has forced his way into the side having only made his first start for the club at the end of August, keeping Arter on the bench for much of the campaign.
He’s now started seven of the last nine for Fulham in the league, but Parker may feel the time to give the more experienced Arter a run-out in the side.
Arter is actually Parker’s brother-in-law but despite the connections, he’s used Arter sporadically in recent weeks.
He began the season as the preferred choice but quickly made way for Reed, and wasn’t named in the match day squads at all for the last two games against Boro and Luton.
Fulham have lacked a bit of steel in midfield of late and we could well see Arter rejoin the fray this weekend – his experience at this level will be a huge plus for Parker over the course of the season.