How Fulham have changed this season.

How have Fulham changed since last season.

Two hard fought 3-2 wins last week against Wigan and Nottingham Forest have highlighted the difference between present day Fulham and a squad that finished 20th in the Championship last season.

This season Fulham’s style of play has changed to a much more possession based one. Averaging the greatest average possession in the Championship at 58.4%. The whites have added so much more pace to their style of play now with Sone Aluko, Floyd Ayite and Neeskens Kebano adding the pace that Fulham have not had since Kerim Frei’s sporadic appearances a few years ago.

Compare this to last season where Fulham averaged just over 52% possession and having a much slower attack with Ross McCormack, Moussa Dembele and Tom Cairney providing the attacking force. Jokanovic has changed everything Fulham can dominate possession as well as get forward quickly. Alongside averaging the highest possession in the league Fulham also have the most shots per game in the league at a mean of 16 per game compared to just 12.8 last season.

Kevin Mcdonald and Stefan Johansen have rejuvenated the midfield. They have been the heart of the team rarely putting a foot wrong.  One stat that is very telling is that three of the top 10 players who play the most passes per game this season are Fulham players, with Tom Cairney averaging the highest.

The place where our squad has developed most though is mental toughness. Last season our team was the weakest it had ever been. Losing 22 points from winning positions in our previous campaign. This time round however, we are a much tougher team to overcome. We have already won 20 points from losing positions this campaign compared to only 11 the entirety of last season. This is to do with Jokanovic’s will to win after the 3-2 win against Wigan the Fulham boss said he was still “Really Disappointed”.

The last two games where we have battled hard for 3-2 wins have filled the fans with confidence for the rest of this season as we are grinding out results like top six sides need to. A last minute winner against Wigan after going behind and having to score a winner after a Forest equaliser shows the spirit that this side has compared to the squad who finished 20th in the league last season.

 

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Author: Charles Jones

Sports Journalism student at Leeds Trinity University.

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