Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan has owned up to his role in the club’s failed transfer strategy.
Following their promotion from the Championship last summer, Fulham spent more than £100 million on 12 new players, but many of them have failed to make a mark in the Premier League this season. In particular, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Jean-Michaël Seri have failed to justify the combined fee of £55 million paid to Ligue 1 club’s Marseiile and Nice for the services of the two African players.
Fulham have a “two boxes ticked” transfer policy, which means that any potential signings must pass tests assigned by data analytics and more old fashioned methods of scouting.
Khan told a meeting of the Fulham Supporters Trust that “no one has done more analysis of the struggle of this season, and holds himself accountable for recruitment this season”. At the same time, he defender his approach by pointing out that it had proved successful for the club in the previous two seasons.
Fulham are currently 19th in the Premier League and, thirteen points from safety with seven matches to play, it is a question now of when, not if, they will be relegated.
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