Fulham are firing on all cylinders now and after four-straight wins in the Championship find themselves 3rd going into this weekend – but one man in particular deserves some credit for his performances of late.
Little over a month ago and some Fulham fans were calling for Scott Parker’s head. The former player and now manager had just witnessed his side succumb to a 3-0 loss at Craven Cottage to Hull City. It was a loss which threw them out of the top-six and Parker under the bus but fast-forward to now, and everything is looking up.
Wins against Birmingham, QPR, Derby and last weekend Swansea has seen Fulham climb the table and now there looks to be no stopping them as they push for an immediate return to the Premier League in Parker’s first full-season in management.
It’d be quite the achievement for the ex-England midfielder and he’s certainly got the players at his disposal to do so. Going into the season, many had tipped Fulham to storm the Championship and whilst they’ve taken a while to get going, they certainly look capable of achieving promotion.
The likes of Tim Ream and Alfie Mawson at the back, Tom Cairney and Stefan Johansen in midfield and then the attack, Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Knockaert coming in on-loan in the summer and let’s not forget Aleksandar Mitrovic – with 24 goals in 24 appearances for club and country this season, he’s the talk of the Cottage.
But one man who’s not had as much praise is Dennis Odoi. The Belgian is in his fourth season at the club since signing from Lokeren in 2016 and despite missing a few games through injury and being dropped for others, has really come into his own in the last few and even notched his 100th appearances for the club earlier in the campaign.
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He looks to have that right-back position on lock-down and he’s proving to be a creative outlet from that position as well – his cross for Aboubakar Kamara to score their first against QPR last month was reminiscent of one Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Fans have noticed how important he’s been to the team in recent games and they’ve been quick to celebrate him, and remember how he’s been one of their more reliable and ever-present members in the past four seasons.
Whilst Mitrovic might get all the praise at Fulham, let’s not forget the good work that the likes of Odoi are doing to make everything possible – Fulham have a quality right-back on their hands in the 31-year-old, and he’ll be pivotal in their promotion push this season.