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Fulham under Scott Parker: The Man City of the Championship?
It Is no secret I want to turn Fulham to the Manchester United of the southEast, said Mohamed Al Fayed in the early 2000s, All over the time Jean Tiganas Cottagers swaggered to the Premier League.
The vision of al Fayed was commendable but always a little unlikely. Nearly two decades on, though, Fulham are emulating a Manchester juggernaut again… only this time, it is City.
Fulham lie fifth in the table 10 matches but a win over Charlton on Saturday – live on Sky Sports Football – would put them top for at least a couple of hours. Results are OK, but nothing more. Its the numbers that show Fulham are trying to play with the Pep Guardiola way.
It starts with ownership. Fulham averaged 69 percent in their opening 10 games. No team in Englands top two branches has appreciated more of the ball. Fulham take good care of the ball at a approach that is similar to City – their 88 per cent precision is comfortably the second-highest at the 2 leagues, and just significantly lesser than Citys.
Fulham have settled with two playmakers in midfield before a screener facing the trunk into a 4-3-3 system, a system similar to Man Citys.
Fulham sit fifth with 18 points – maybe not City levels of dominance, but it is their best start to a season that is second-tier because Tiganas side swept to the name. As well as their assaulting output signal is currently appearing promotion standard. They are joint-top scorers with Preston, while goalkeepers have been worked by just Marcelo Bielsas Leeds and made chances from open play more often.
Its an occasional lack of cutting edge if Fulham do have a problem going forward. The champions of guardiola are ruthless; Scott Parkers side can hold the ball for its interest. City play in the opposition half and moderate almost two times as many rolls from the opposition box, although city and Fulham average numbers of moves per game.
It may seem harsh to judge anybody by the criteria of a team who have averaged 99 points annually in the Premier League because 2017 – but the two of Fulhams promotions that this century have been achieved with a certain style, so why dont you learn from the ideal?