Fulham have endured a mixed start to life under Scott Parker in the Championship, but could one midfielder be the one who steadies the ship at Craven Cottage?
After dropping down from the Premier League last season, Fulham were keen to return straight back to the promised land and Scott Parker was the man granted the task of doing so.
The former Fulham midfielder is a likeable character in the sport, but many believe his side have under-performed this season.
14 games down and Fulham sit 7th in the table – one point behind Bristol City in 6th and four off leaders West Brom.
It’s still early in the campaign and 7th is a respectable position, but Fulham have won just three of their last ten games, their last being a 0-0 draw at Middlesbrough after spending the majority of the game with ten men.
Parker’s side have drawn five of their last nine and that, their inability to see out winnable games, is what’s keeping them from being a top team in this league.
He’s got so many talented players at his disposal in what’s arguably the strongest side in the league, and Fulham recruited well in the summer with the likes of Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Knockaert joining the club on-loan.
But something’s not quite clicking at Craven Cottage at the minute, and this man could be the cog that Parker so desperately needs to get his team firing.
Another player who joined the club on a season-long loan in the summer was Bournemouth’s Harry Arter.
Should Scott Parker start Harry Arter against Huddersfield this weekend?
He’s actually Parker’s brother-in-law, but there may be some family feuds after Arter has been left out of the match-day squad in Fulham’s last two games.
Harison Reed is Parker’s favoured choice in the middle of a midfield-three, with captain Tom Cairney on the left and for the game against Boro, Josh Onomah on the right.
For a player with the Premier League experience that Arter has, let alone what he’s achieved at Championship level, to be left out of the squad and used more and more sporadically by Parker is questionable.
He’s a dynamic midfielder who has a lot to offer both in attack and defence. Whilst Reed has been performing okay in midfield for Fulham, Parker may see the experience of Arter as a better option and could well prove to be the man who makes the change at the club.