Fulham are looking increasingly likely to be involved in the play-offs at the end of the season and maybe, just maybe they’ll find themselves in the top flight next campaign.
The play-offs are a lottery though, an end of season exhibition that delight fans but surely terrorise managers.
A whole season hinges on ninety minutes of football and, being the unpredictable and exciting game it is, anything can happen.
Teams can sneak in after languishing in the middle of the pack and suddenly win promotion from nowhere. Nothing is guaranteed.
One certainty is summer recruitment and whichever league Fulham find themselves in, they’ll be bring in new faces.
It looks likely that Tom Cairney could be on the move, opening up a central midfield spot at Craven Cottage.
I couldn’t think of a better player to fit the bill than Blackburn Rovers starlet Bradley Dack.
The link isn’t completely random, Dack is Greenwich-born and would surely relish a move back to his native London.
He was at Charlton and Gillingham before his move up north, arguably the best move of his career.
He’s thrived under Tony Mowbray, playing a key role in Rovers’ resurgence.
They’re hunting an immediate return to the second tier and you wouldn’t dare bet against them right now.
They’re top of the league and five points clear of third placed Wigan. Games in hand could still play a part, but points on the board count even more.
Dack, an attacking midfielder, has 15 goals this season and a further seven assists. To say he’s been instrumental would perhaps only just do the impact he’s had justice. The £750,000 they paid for him in the summer will be small change compared to the financial rewards of a return to the Championship.
Dack is still only 24 and has the best years of his career ahead of him.
He likes to play in the free role behind the two strikers, with freedom to go and pick up the ball, get into good positions and both create and score goals. He’s certainly demonstrated that this season.
If Blackburn do not go up, it would surely be likely Dack could move on, and where better than back in the Big Smoke, close to family and friends?
He’d certainly fit right into Fulham’s side, embracing the free-flowing football that has made them genuine contenders this season.
In my eyes, it is a perfect fit, a transfer waiting to happen.
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