This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Rewind’ series, this content strand is where we rewind back to a particular moment at a club, assess the initial reaction from the fans, and then proceed to evaluate and reflect on whether fans were right to react in that way….
Scott Parker would have been desperate for some fresh blood at Fulham over the summer following a disappointing campaign last time out which saw them relegated from the Premier League.
Parker was appointed as Fulham’s caretaker manager in late February following the departure of Claudio Ranieri, but he failed to keep the club in the top-flight after winning just three of his nine games in temporary charge.
However, the 38-year-old was handed the job on a permanent basis in May as Fulham identified him as the man to spearhead the club’s attempt to seal an immediate return to the top-flight from the Championship.
The Cottagers saw a number of first-team players depart the club over the summer with the likes of Jean-Michael Seri and Andre Zambo Anguissa sealing loan moves abroad, after Fulham had invested heavily in such players prior to their Premier League campaign.
This meant Fulham needed to strengthen their squad during the off-season and they did so by adding the likes of Anthony Knockaert, Ivan Cavaleiro and Harrison Reed to the club’s ranks.
They also signed Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter on a season-long loan move towards the end of the window, in a deal which could become permanent next summer if he impresses during his initial stint in West London.
In our latest FLW Rewind, we take a look back at the day Arter joined the Cottagers…
Should prove a good signing. Certainly add a bit of competition to the midfield area. Hopefully a signing or two still to come.
— bob cain (@bobcainffc1971) August 7, 2019
Well he has a battling type of attitude – hope it rubs off on the rest!
— peter howard (@sleepysilvery) August 6, 2019
Welcome @HarryArter2 glad to have you on board! Show the boys the passion needed to run a midfield ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️
— sami (@samimagraw) August 6, 2019
Welcome to Fulham. I look forward to seeing you on the pitch. Come on Fulham.
— Georgios Alex Zonias (@alex_zonias) August 6, 2019
Solid signing. Adds beef to midfield and knows Scotty well. Now a CB and an RB (and some depth…)
— Adam Jones BAY BAY (@adamjonesio) August 6, 2019
Good signing but our defence is the problem.
Please get a new goalkeeper, right back and centre half.
— Roger Young (@bigdodger13) August 7, 2019
Can he play at the back too? All joking aside hes a good player and I look forward to see him in a Fulham shirt. We do need some defenders though
— Danny D (@TripleD_DDD) August 6, 2019
Arter has been a useful addition since his arrival at Craven Cottage. He has already made nine Championship appearances for his new club, while he has helped them to seventh in the league heading into the international break.
The industrious midfielder has added an element of steel to Fulham’s midfield, while he has been able to provide much-needed protection for the Fulham defence which has eased supporters’ concerns regarding the strength of the back four.
However, despite the qualities he brings to the side, he may still have some work to do before he fully justifies the Cottagers’ decision to sign him over the summer as some of his showings have been slightly sub-par.
He may have produced a stand-out performance during the 4-1 victory over Reading last week, but he was substituted at half-time during the 2-2 draw with Charlton after a disappointing display in the opening 45 minutes.
Furthermore, Arter sometimes needs to be careful with regard to his tough-tackling tendencies. This can regularly benefit Fulham but it could prove to be costly if he takes it too far, and he has already let his side down once this season by being dismissed against Cardiff.
He has been a solid signing for Parker’s side by providing the Fulham boss with another option in midfield, but he now needs to deliver a run of consistent and mature performances to convince the West London outfit he should be signed on a permanent deal.