On Monday, Sky Sports reporter Lyall Thomas revealed that last season’s beaten Championship play-off semi finalists Fulham were in talks with divisional rivals Cardiff City over a potential swoop for English left-back Joe Bennett.
Fulham have been in the market for a left back since last season’s first choice Scott Malone left the club to join Premier League new-boys Huddersfield Town and since rampant late-season form and a series of impressive performances as England won the Under 19 European Championships in the summer showed that Ryan Sessegnon is, for the moment, better off deployed further forward.
Bennett has played both of Cardiff’s matches so far this season, against Midlands outfits Burton Albion and Aston Villa, which they have won without conceding a goal to sit atop the nascent Championship table.
Therefore, he may prove difficult to prise away from South Wales, but it would be worth Slavisa Jokanovic, who has been critical of the club’s recruitment policy in the past, going the extra mile to sign the former Middlesbrough left back.
There were question marks over Bennett’s physicality in the past, but working under Warnock, who demands that the basics are done first and done well, has sharpened him up in that department and he has long since been comfortable with the ball at his feet, getting up and down and whipping in crosses.
Bennett is simultaneously a footballer with his best years ahead of him but also vastly experienced, especially at Championship level and would certainly provide Fulham with an upgrade in his position if they were to secure his services.
Fulham fans – what do you think? Would you like to sign Bennett or are there better options out there? Let us know in the comments below…