Nothing can stop Fulham’s relentless march up the table, not even injuries or suspensions.
When Chelsea loanee Tomas Kalas picked up an injury in the 2-0 win against Wolves in February, it was left to Belgian Denis Odoi to step into an unfamiliar position.
He’s done so well since earning his first team chance, manager Slavisa Jokanovic is torn between the two for this weekend’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday.
“I use Denis is in different positions, last few games he play well,” he told Get West London. “He’s a player that has the characteristics to play in these kind of games that we play, for another side Tomas Kalas played many games for us and made a great job.”
Kalas was an 88th minute sub in the recent win against Leeds, having played and scored for the Czech Republic against China in the international break. That poses even more problems for the Serbian manager.
“I can only use 11 players, both players are important for us and definitely we are satisfied with how Denis has done his job, like I am satisfied with how Tomas has done his job. At the end, I will take decision which I believe is best for the team.”
Odoi arrived at Craven Cottage on a permanent deal from Lokeren last season at the same time as Kalas arrived on the first of two season-long loans. Kalas has since started 55 times for the Cottagers, whilst Odoi has started 45 league games.
I think the problems facing Jokanovic indicate what a strong squad he has assembled. Whilst most sides begin to look depleted in April, his Fulham squad are still providing him with selection headaches. Both of his defenders have certain qualities and that brings competition for places, which is always healthy.