This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Fulham players return to Craven Cottage after the international break, to prepare for the visit of West Brom in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off in the Championship, looking to get back to winning ways following a draw last time out against Cardiff City.
For loan striker Bobby Reid the challenge remains to try and force a way into the Fulham starting XI on a frequent basis, with the Cardiff City player’s chances limited this season to appearances from the bench and in the cup competitions.
So does Reid deserve a starting role at Fulham?
“I don’t think so.
“And that is not me accusing him of not being good enough, but who do you replace?
“Cavaleiro, Mitrovic and Knockaert have all been excellent up-front for the Cottagers so far this season and it would be incredibly harsh to drop any of them.
“When Reid has had his chances, granted, he has performed pretty well. But well enough to displace one of those three? No.”
“No, at this point I don’t think he gets in.
“It is a tough one for Reid because of the strength of Fulham’s starting XI, particularly their front three.
“Mitrovic, Knockaert and Cavaleiro have all started the season well and I can’t see any of them dropping out of the side.
“Reid has played in central midfield in the past but I don’t think that is his best position by any means and I’m not sure he’s a better option that Arter, Cairney or Johansen.
“The 26-year-old has been given opportunities from the bench and in the cup but is yet to really seize those.
“He needs to do more with those chances before he warrants a starting place.”
“Does Bobby Reid deserve to start at Fulham? In a word, no! I don’t think it would be a wise decision for Parker to change his starting 11 that has been playing so well recently.
“Although Reid is a talented player, I do not see him ever displacing Mitrovic from the lone striking role, and at present he also wouldn’t find a place in midfield.
“At Cardiff and Bristol City, Reid benefited from playing up front with a strike partner, with Fulham playing one up top, it severely decreases his chances of starting.
“The only way I can see Reid getting into the starting 11 is if Mitrovic picks up an injury or Parker chooses to change his system.”