Fulham go into their next game against QPR with a problem on their hands in the striking department, as Aleksandar Mitrovic faces a one-game suspension for accumulating 5 yellow cards.
Although it is a major blow for Fulham, as the Serbian has notched up 12 goals in the league for the Cottagers so far, it could be the chance Bobby Reid has been waiting for to have a shot at playing the No.9 role in Mitrovic’s absence.
Reid has featured 14 times for Scott Parker’s side this season, usually slotting in at central midfield when he has started games for Fulham.
However, he is versatile, and can also play on the left side of midfield, either side of the striker, or upfront.
That has been demonstrated already this season, as according to WhoScored, the 26-year-old has played in six different positions for Fulham so far this season.
Although Reid sees himself as a forward player rather than a midfielder, Parker has played him in the middle of the park as Fulham’s front three of Mitrovic, Cavaleiro and Knockaert have been performing well so far, leaving no opportunities.
But, this will be the chance for the Jamaican international to stake his claim, as on his day, Reid can be a goalscorer. That was demonstrated at his time at Bristol City, where he notched up 19 Championship goals in 46 appearances for the Robins in his final season in BS3.
Reid has yet to score this season in the league, but has provided two assists for Fulham from midfield. He will undoubtedly be frustrated at the lack of chance he has been given to play further up the pitch, as he may feel he could have contributed more to the team that way. It has has not helped his cause that Mitrovic cannot be dropped at this moment in time.
Hence, this chance for the on-loan Cardiff man being one he has to take. Parker has a decision on his hands as to whether he starts Reid or Kamara as the main striker for their next game.
The fact that this is not any other game also comes into play, as the Cottagers face QPR in the West London derby – so bragging rights are at stake.