Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa is one of the main representatives of what has been a frustrating few years for Fulham.
The midfielder originally rocked up at Craven Cottage in 2018 with a growing reputation as the West London side splashed out almost £20 million to bring him in from Marseille.
However Anguissa went on to become a real scapegoat in the eyes of the Fulham faithful as he played a role as one of the main villains in the club’s disastrous relegation from the Premier League that season.
As a consequence of that demotion back to the Sky Bet Championship, the Cameroonian international was quickly shipped out on loan to Spanish La Liga side Villarreal as the Whites slowly began to explore the possibility of offloading him once and for all.
However the midfielder didn’t depart the club on a permanent basis and was soon back in Scott Parker’s plans as Fulham once again returned to the top flight for the 2020/21 season.
This time they put up more of fight and Anguissa was also much more involved than in his first campaign in a white shirt as he played a part in 38 games across all competitions.
Alas Parker’s side once again suffered the same fate and as a result both manager and said player departed Craven Cottage during the summer just gone.
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This time around Anguissa has been sent on loan to Italian giants Napoli, with the Serie A side having negotiated an option to buy the 25-year-old if he performs to the required standards for them this term.
He has since gone on to become a regular under Luciano Spalletti at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona and has already earned rave reviews for his performances.
This has almost simultaneously led to interest being drawn in from elsewhere, with Crystal Palace recently being touted as a potential destination due to Patrick Vieira’s admiration for the midfielder’s skill set.
The path now for Fulham is clear, Anguissa simply must be sold as soon as possible in order to recoup some if not all of the money that was paid for him and to avoid any further embarrassment over a saga that has gone on for far too long.
Anguissa himself is seemingly uncommitted to the cause and as a result of this the Whites must start to make plans to offload him in order to not only open up wages to be used to bring new players into the football club but also to get some sort of return on their investment.
The midfielder’s situation is as peculiar they come, especially as he has obvious potential to excel, but Fulham should not be drawn into making the same mistake again by affording him another chance in SW6.