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Fulham manager Scott Parker has not stopped looking to strengthen his squad, despite the closure of the transfer window with the Cottagers agreeing a deal to sign Chelsea defender Michael Hector in January 2020 for an undisclosed fee, as confirmed on the Fulham club website.
The 27-year-old has not made a senior appearance for the Blues since joining the Premier League club from Reading in September 2015, spending time back on loan with the Royals whilst also having stints with German side Eintracht Frankfurt, Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday.
So is the capture of Hector an astute signing by Fulham?
“Yes, it could be. I’m always a bit sceptical of deals that make a player unavailable until a certain date, but then again Michael Hector is a good defender.
“He did well at this level last season and if he’s joining up with the squad know he won’t need time to settle in come January.
“That’s astute, but is there an element of him getting frustrated here as well? If he’s around the squad and not playing, he might begin to lose a bit of focus.
“It’s an interesting one; if it works it might become a blueprint for other club and future transfer dealings, something else the EFL will eventually have to address.”
“Very good move all round, especially with Hector heading into his prime years. He’s a very good centre-back for Championship level and has proved it on several occasions.
“He’ll suit the way Fulham’s style down to the ground due to his suitability to be able to play out from the back with calmness and composure two of his best traits.
“It could be the difference between promotion and staying in the Championship come the end of the season so it’s a very good bit of business and one that both parties will be happy with.”
“I think it’s another fantastic piece of business from Fulham who just keep on getting stronger and stronger.
“Hector was excellent on loan with Sheffield Wednesday last summer, and it would have come as a massive blow to their fans when they failed to re-sign him from Chelsea.
“Wednesday’s loss is Fulham’s gain though – Hector is still at a good age, he knows the Championship well, and is a leader in defence.
“Next to Alfie Mawson, his presence at the back could be vital for Fulham, who will be hoping to occupy the automatic promotion spots come January time when he signs.”