Former Fulham star Tony Gale has delivered an honest assessment of his ex-club’s summer transfer window, via Get West London.
The Cottagers added 11 new faces to their squad over the summer, with the likes of Rui Fonte and Yohan Mollo penning permanent deals with the West London outfit, while they also added several players on loan, most notably Oliver Norwood, Lucas Piazon, and Jordan Graham.
Prized assets Tom Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon also signed new contracts to keep them at Craven Cottage, while manager Slavisa Jokanovic remained at the club as well despite some speculation over the summer linking him with Premier League side West Ham.
And although many would view Fulham’s summer business as a success, former defender Gale, who played over 250 times for the club between 1977 and 1984, isn’t entirely convinced by their recruitment.
He said, when quizzed about Fulham’s window: ‘No, they haven’t done enough in my eyes – they haven’t gone and got enough Championship experience.
‘When the going gets tough you need a little bit of Championship experience, they’ve got good players but probably need a bit more experience.’
These comments are sure to intrigue Fulham supporters, who have seen their side win just one of their opening five Championship matches this term, albeit they have only lost one as well.
And the likes of Graham and Mollo, who joined the club on deadline day last Thursday, may well be in line for their Fulham debuts when they return to league action against table-toppers Cardiff City on Saturday.
The Verdict: Fulham came up just short in their quest for a return to the Premier League last season, with it arguable that their inconsistency over the course of the campaign was their downfall last term.
Yet their summer business saw them tie down Tom Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon to new deals, which itself is excellent business, while they also brought in 11 new players to Craven Cottage, five of which were permanent deals.
Yet former defender Tony Gale was unconvinced by their transfer dealings, lamenting the lack of Championship experience in the squad, but only time will tell whether the 57-year-old is right in his assessment.
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