Fulham will be hoping to climb the Championship table when they take on Grant McCann’s Hull City this Saturday at Craven Cottage, following on from their draw to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium last weekend.
Fulham manager Scott Parker may have felt that the result against Jonathan Woodgate’s side was not positive in the grand scheme of things.
However, after Marek Rodak’s red card in the 17th minute of the contest, the Fulham boss may look back on the result as a point gained, regardless of Boro’s position in the table.
Although it is Scott Parker’s first job in football management, the pressure will be on him to get The Cottagers back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, especially with the talent at his disposal.
On paper, Fulham have one of the best sides in the Championship, and have retained a lot of the players that represented the club in the Premier League last season.
One of those players is left-back Joe Bryan, who signed from the club last summer from Bristol City for a fee of £6 million.
The Robins academy graduate had a baptism of fire in his first season in West London, as Fulham had a difficult season in the Premier League last term, their first back in the top flight since the 2013-14 season.
Is Joe Bryan the best left-back in the Championship?
Fulham amassed just 26 points and seven wins as they were relegated back to the Championship. Fulham’s poor form and managerial changes throughout the season prevented the side from showing their true quality, and that included Bryan.
The left-back provided just one assist all season, from 2,350 minutes of football, which is a poor return.
However, Bryan is an experienced Championship player, having represented Bristol City in six campaigns in the second tier. He has surpassed his assist tally from last season with three, and has also scored once.
More importantly, the contribution that he offers his side defensively is clear – he has made 43 successful tackles in the fourteen games he has played for Fulham this season.
In addition to that, the defender has made 16 key passes this season, which are likely to have led to goal-scoring opportunities.
The stats prove that Bryan is one of the best in the league at this moment in time, and Fulham need to continue to use that to their advantage.