Slavisa Jokanovic will be hoping that his Fulham side can build upon their sixth place finish in the Championship last term with another shot at promotion next season.
The Cottagers proved their credentials with some stunning victories during the run in over Newcastle United and Sheffield Wednesday to pip Leeds United to a play-off place, although they were unable to get past Jaap Stam’s Reading in the semi-finals, losing 2-1 on aggregate.
Clearly, the West London outfit will be looking for greater consistency over the course of the season to really push for promotion next term, so Jokanovic and the Fulham hierarchy will surely be looking at reinforcements this summer in a bid to aid in that quest.
And one man they’ve been linked with in recent times is Bordeaux and Uruguay striker Diego Rolan.
The 24-year-old has been at the Ligue 1 outfit since 2013 having started his professional career in his homeland, and has in his time in France bagged 38 goals and laid on 13 assists in just 149 games for the club.
And although the Cottagers didn’t struggle for goals last season, top-scoring forward Chris Martin has returned to Derby County after his loan spell came to a conclusion, and reports suggest that Rolan is their number one target this summer in a bid to replace the Scotsman’s goals.
Thus, getting a deal done for the 24-year-old is absolutely imperative in their quest to push for promotion again next term, with Rolan proving last season how good and efficient he is in front of goal.
The Uruguay international bagged nine goals in just 29 games for Bordeaux in their ascent to sixth place in Ligue 1, and given he averaged just 1.7 shots per game over the course of the season, he shows a predatory instinct when he gets into position to score.
And given that star midfielder Tom Cairney and wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon have signed new deals this summer, who better to have in front of them than an athletic forward with a sharp eye for goal?
Ultimately, as with any forward coming to English football for the first time, it remains to be seen exactly how he’ll adapt the Championship, but there’s little doubt that he’s got bags of potential, and Fulham would certainly be pulling off quite a coup if they do indeed land him given that Newcastle are reportedly interested, and Premier League giants Manchester United have been in the past.
Thus, getting a deal done for Rolan would be a huge statement of intent heading into the new season that Fulham are serious about return to the Premier League.