Fulham ended up being very active on the final day of the transfer window – but they could have done so much more if Marco Silva got his other targets over the line.
Very late on in the day it was confirmed that Watford duo Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina had become Cottagers – the former on a permanent deal and the latter arrived on a season-long loan deal with the option to make it permanent if all goes well.
A defender though was also seemingly on the radar for Silva in the final hours of the window, with Football Insider claiming that Newcastle’s Emil Krafth was a target.
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Silva was looking at the 24-year-old, who appeared under his management at Goodison Park in 2018, to come in and provide competition for Denis Odoi with Kenny Tete currently on the sidelines, but the Toffees were unwilling to sanction his departure as they could not get a replacement right-back in through the door as competition to Seamus Coleman.
Having amassed experience at both Schalke and Celtic, as well as his matches for Everton, Kenny would have provided some top-quality competition to Tete at right-back.
We don’t know when the Dutchman will be back up and running though from his injury so it seemed important that Fulham got a transfer in that position sorted late on.
They didn’t do so in the end and that may give someone like Cyrus Christie – who seemed outcasted with a move away from the club looking extremely likely until the window slammed shut – a reprieve.
Silva will have to make do with what he’s got for now but he seems to have more than enough quality throughout the squad to make a good go of promotion and the issue could easily be re-addressed when January comes around.