Fulham have been one of the surprise packages in the Championship this season, bursting from bottom half into the Play-Offs with a late surge.
Under the guidance of Slavisa Jokanovic, Fulham have surprised many this season.
The Cottagers just beat off relegation last season, so not many would’ve predicted their meteoric rise to promotion candidates.
Along the way, Fulham have caught the eye too, playing some brilliant, attacking, free-flowing football, sweeping some teams away and claiming the joint title of the league’s top scorers in the process.
With this great season, has come speculation over the futures of their star players, with Tom Cairney taking most of the plaudits and attracting the most attention.
Premier League, Burnley and top-flight new boys, Newcastle, are both believed to hold an interest in signing the midfield playmaker, and Fulham could be resigned to losing to former Blackburn man in the coming months – especially if they miss out on promotion.
Finding a like-for-like replacement for Cairney will be near impossible, and no doubt out of Fulham’s price range, so they will have to go slightly left-field for a replacement.
One man who seems the perfect man to replace him is Charlie Adam.
The former Liverpool man has fallen out of favour at the Bet365 Stadium, and Adam could be one of the casualties of a Mark Hughes summer clear out.
Even at 31, Adam still has an awful lot to offer and would be a perfect fit in a Fulham side that loves to play with the ball on the floor.
Technically, Adam is one of Stoke’s best players, his range of passing general midfield play would certainly improve the Fulham side.
In the attacking third, Adam brings cutting edge, with the ability to unlock a defence, and he also has the eye for the spectacular, just like Cairney.
Although age may not be on his side, the Scot seems to be a like-for-like replacement for Cairney.