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Fulham star can be the key to promotion if he recaptures 2017/18 form: Opinion



After a bitterly disappointing campaign in the Premier League, Fulham will be looking to lick their wounds and look to make an immediate return to the top-flight this term.

Big things were expected of the London club last season, especially after Slavisa Jokanovic spent around £100million on rebuilding his squad, in an attempt to help them cement their place in the top-flight.

But their huge summer spending quickly backfired, and now, Scott Parker will be looking to get rid of the deadwood and start from square one this season.

Nevertheless, Fulham still have some very, very talented players on their books, who can more than do a job in the Championship. The likes of Tom Cairney, Ryan Sessegnon and Aleksandar Mitrovic all remain at Craven Cottage, and even if they leave in the summer, they will bring in some serious funds to say the least.

One player who has perhaps gone under the radar since their promotion from the Championship is midfielder Stefan Johansen, who ultimately failed to set the world alight whilst on loan with West Brom in the season just gone.

If the 28-year-old can recapture his form from the 2017/18 campaign, though, then Parker could have one of the best players in the division on his hands.

Looking back at that Fulham team under Slavisa Jokanovic, the likes of Cairney, Sessegnon and Mitrovic all stole the headlines week in, week out, and rightfully so.

But Johansen certainly went under the radar, and was definitely the unsung hero whilst thriving in Jokanovic’s attractive style of play.

The attacking midfielder scored eight goals and produced nine assists for the Cottagers, scoring 11 goals and adding eight assists the year before that.

It’s clear that, when he’s on the top of his game, Johansen is a very creative, dangerous player at Championship level, and his class in the middle of the park would really help the likes of Mitrovic, or whoever replaces him in the summer up top.

There is likely to be plenty of incomings and outgoings at Craven Cottage this summer, but on a much lesser scale to what Jokanovic oversaw last term – keeping Johansen would be a very smart move by Parker and Fulham.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Fulham star can be the key to promotion if he recaptures 2017/18 form: Opinion

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