Fulham co-owner Tony Khan has taken to Twitter to thank the Cottagers’ fanbase for their support throughout the 2021/22 campaign, posting on Twitter following confirmation of their promotion back to the Premier League.
The west London outfit were determined to seal their top-flight return against Preston North End last night and it certainly showed, taking a 3-0 lead in the first half with Aleksandar Mitrovic grabbing himself a brace and Liverpool-bound Fabio Carvalho getting in on the act.
Although they failed to add to their lead after the break, this victory was enough to put themselves out of reach of Nottingham Forest who made Marco Silva’s men wait until yesterday following an emphatic 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.
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Little was going to stop the Cottagers in their quest to seal promotion at the first time of asking though with Silva’s men lethal going forward and reasonably solid going back, benefitting hugely from their addition of Harry Wilson from Liverpool last summer.
The Welshman has become a key cog in the English capital for the promotion-winners, with their existing players from last season also stepping up to the plate including Mitrovic who has scored a remarkable 40 league goals this term with four games still remaining.
But shareholder Khan took the opportunity to thank several groups of people for their efforts as he posted shortly after the final whistle at Craven Cottage yesterday evening.
He tweeted: “Thank you very much to all of you Fulham supporters! You all deserve this special night!
“Congratulations to you supporters, and congratulations and thank you to the Fulham squad and Marco and the entire club staff!
“We’re back in the Premier League! We’re going up! Come on Fulham!”
Khan strikes the right tone with his tweet, because it really was a team effort to get the club back to the top tier following their relegation last season and they have certainly come up against some formidable opponents.
The likes of Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough already look ready-made for the top tier after more than matching their Premier League opponents in the FA Cup this term, with Huddersfield Town remaining in fine form and AFC Bournemouth establishing themselves as a real force under Scott Parker.
This has made this season a difficult one to negotiate – but this just makes it more impressive that they have been so dominant – remaining reasonably consistent throughout the entire campaign and this has been key to their success.
Whether they can remain in the top tier for the long term remains to be seen – and that has to be the next step they take after becoming something of a yo-yo club in recent years.
Replacing Fabio Carvalho will be key, as well as Mitrovic adapting well to the top flight and recruitment in multiple areas. They need players with plenty of top-tier experience to call upon to give themselves the best chance of surviving at the highest level.