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Why this Fulham man will be desperate to prove himself in the top flight



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the perspective on the situation at hand…

After a dismal showing in the Premier League last year, Fulham’s Tom Cairney is putting things right again at Craven Cottage.

Scott Parker’s Fulham sit in 7th in the Championship, just a point outside the play-offs and look like serious contenders for a play-off spot this season.

With just one loss all season, Fulham are showing why they won promotion from this league in 2018. One man who’s been leading the charge in South West London is club-captain Tom Cairney.

The Scot is beloved by Fulham fans, having joined from Blackburn Rovers in 2015. He was a key figure behind their promotion to the Premier League last time but saw his fortunes in the top flight dwindle, with just one goal from 31 games as Fulham finished 19th.

This season though, under a fresh, young manager in Parker, Cairney is having his best start to a season yet. He’s already scored five goals in 11 games – eight off his season best of 13 in 47 games in the 2016/17 season.

Cairney was voted PFA Championship Player of the Month yesterday, after a solid showing through September saw him net against Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan, before getting a brace on the opening day of October at Reading.

His style of play under Parker has become one of more attacking integrity, allowing him more room to roam and to break forward when necessary.

He has at times been forced to hang back at Craven Cottage, as a more defensive midfielder. But Parker has set Cairney back on the right track and he looks like one of the Championship’s best central midfielder’s this season.

If the 28-year-old can maintain his form throughout the season then Fulham will have a great chance of promotion.

There’s still plenty of time for Fulham to force their way into the top two, if not then make the play-offs. Cairney though will be pivotal in any success that Parker has in his first full-season in management, and will be hoping to score some more goals and get another shot at the big time next season.

Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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