With six games played since their return to the Championship, Fulham are sat in a promising position as they look to make the return a short one.
Scott Parker welcomes fellow promotion hopefuls West Brom this weekend upon the division’s return from the international break and, having picked up three wins already, will be looking to add a notable scalp to that list.
There have been plenty of thrilling performers from the Whites’ camp so far as well, with the front three of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Knockaert proving an excellent unit, whilst Tom Cairney has maintained his typically high standards behind them.
However, not everybody is pulling their weight and successful promotion campaigns very rarely have passengers.
Here, then, are THREE players who simply must up their game to maintain promotion push…
It would be harsh to blame Johansen solely for his slow start to the season.
He was cast out on loan to the Baggies for half of last season afterall, but it is getting to the stage where he will need to start producing in the centre of the park.
Whilst his displays have carried plenty of energy so far, they have had very little product to them, with no goals and no assists to his name yet.
The 27-year-old was one of Fulham’s stand-out performers in the second-tier when they won promotion.
However, that confidence seems to have vanished, with plenty of sloppy mistakes creeping into his game with plenty of fans starting to demand change in the sticks.
Marek Rodak performed brightly during their cup defeat to Southampton and could start to look like an appealing option to Parker if Bettinelli does not up his game.
It baffled many fans and onlookers when Fulham failed to make a single defensive signing in the summer, given how much they struggled at the back in the Premier League.
However, those problems have not vanished. Despite Alfie Mawson and Tim Ream looking like a decent second-tier partnership on paper, they are yet to convince and with Mawson the one to have played more frequently, the responsibility to lead the line must fall to him.
Every promotion contender needs a leader at the back, and at the moment Fulham lack this. With Michael Hector arriving in January, they may soon have one, but until then, Mawson needs to handle that responsibility.