What makes a Premier League player considered a flop? For me various factors add up to how much of a flop a player is, price tag, what was expected of them and how much they delivered. Of course, players like Ali Dia would be considered the worst signings in Premier League history but that is a list for another day, this is the top ten flops ever in the Premier League.
The Championship is a weird league, one season you can be in the playoffs the next a relegation battle. On the back of Fulhams best season since being relegated there is almost an element of uncertainty around Craven Cottage. Some of out best players may be leaving the club and the manager is being eyed up by some Premier League teams. Here is what Fulham need to make sure they do before next seasons kick off.
During Chris Davids spell at Fulham he played under 4 different managers. Making only 6 league appearances and scoring one league goal in Fulhams last Premier League game against Crystal Palace.
Currently plying his trade in his home nation of the Netherlands. The 24 year old has now moved to Go Ahead Eagles, who will be playing in the 2nd tier of Dutch football next year after being relegated from the Eredevisie.
This week I got to ask Chris about his time at Craven Cottage.
CJ “Who was the best manager you worked under for your time at Fulham and why?”
CD: “I think i learned a lot from all the managers, because everyone was different. They had all a different style of playing and thoughts about the game. Under Magath I have played the most games and I think my best games for Fulham FC aswell. He gave me a lot of confidence and thats what I needed as a young player.”
CJ: “Do you have any stories about Felix Magaths management? Was he good or as bad as everyone says he was?”
CD: “Not really. The only thing I can say about him: is that everything he did, he did it with a reason. Such a great manager, who gave me confidence and was always busy with making me a better player. I think he should get more respect and time at Fulham FC. Its a shame that it ended like that. Because i loved the way he thought about the game. We thought the same way!”
CJ: “Whilst playing at Fulham who was the most talented player in the under 21s who you thought would become world class?”
CD: “I was impressed when I came to England. The quality of the players was high. All of them. Strong and quick. But i always said, and ive told them too, that Moussa Dembele, Patrick Roberts and Emerson Hyndman will be world class players. I told them to keep working hard and they will be stars.”
CJ: “During your time at Craven Cottage what were some of your best memories?”
CD: “I think my debut and goal against Crystal Palace. I really enjoyed every single game I’ve played in the Cottage. Such a great fans and atmosphere. I hoped I could give them more.”
CJ: “What emotions were you feeling scoring your first goal on your debut against Crystal Palace when you were already relegated, was it quite bittersweet?”
CD: “It was a strange feeling. To score in the Premier League was my dream. But to know that it didn’t help you stay up, was sad. You ask yourself, why didn’t I get the chance earlier? It will be a day that I won’t forget!”
CJ: “Would you consider a return to England in the near future?”
CD: “Definitely! I’ve been there and seen how football lives in the country. It’s amazing. Such a big difference with holland. Fulham FC will always be in my heart”
CJ: “Who in the Fulham squad did you look up to during your time there?”
CD: “To be honest, to all of the players. When I look back to my time there. I can’t believe with who I was training and playing. They are legends in their countries. All big stars. I often think back of the time I had in Fulham. It was a good lesson! I learned a lot from those days training with the big players!”
CJ: “Who was the best player you played alongside at Fulham?”
CD: “There were a lot of good players.. Dempsey, Diarra, Duff, Parker, Richardson, etc etc.. i can keep going haha but Berbatov was a player with special qualities”
Chris is currently available on a free transfer as his Go Ahead Eagles negotiations continue. He refused to rule out a return to Craven Cottage saying “Go Ahead Eagles offered me a new contract so we’re busy now. But you never know.” Would you welcome the return of Chris David in a Fulham shirt?
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 summer was one of the most active transfer windows of all time for FFC bringing pretty much a whole new squad and with that an exciting new play style. Slavisa Jokanovic is quickly becoming a hero at Craven Cottage as he has us playing our best football since the days of Mark Hughes and for the first time since 2012 I am looking forward to seeing us play at the weekend. With 14 arrivals this summer FFC were one of the most active sides in England here are my thoughts and ratings of each new man.
Floyd Ayite: The arrival of Ayite brought something that Fulham haven’t seen in years, pace on the wings. Since Kerim Frei’s sporadic appearances Fulham have struggled with their lack of pace however Ayite has changed all of that. Scoring 3 times this week he has been a vital part of this team and it is no coincidence that we went through our worst run of form when he was sidelined with injury.
My Rating 9/10
Scott Malone: A man who has partnered Ayite on the left flank Scott Malone has been my surprise of the season. Many of the Fulham faithful rejoiced the day that we got rid of Jazz Richards however Cardiff fans on twitter were quick to tell me that Malone was a terrible player. What has followed has been some of the best left back performances I have seen from a man at Craven Cottage since Paul Konchesky. I would like to point out in particular the Brentford game and the Barnsley game where Malone ran that wing all game. To make it all better Jazz Richards went the other way
My Rating 9/10
Sone Aluko: If stats ever didn’t tell the full story about a player Sone Aluko is that man. 4 goals in 20 games is not a great return but he offers so much more than that. Getting the ball forward quickly, winning set pieces, setting up goals and the ability to beat a man Sone Aluko has been one of the best signings we have made in years.
My Rating 10/10
Jozabed: “@FulhamFC Announce Jozabed.” For about a month that would be the only tweet I would see on my timeline from Fulham fans. Probably our most eagerly anticipated signing of the summer people were really looking forward to seeing the Spanish man in action however he seems to have a case of Mitroglouitis in the fact that we have made a big signing and he hasn’t played. 184 minutes in 4 months Jozabed has not been able to even get in the match day squad recently and with no known injuries it is obvious that Jozabed was a Craig Kline signing and not a Jokanovic signing.
My Rating N/A Not played enough games
Dennis Odoi: Other than the greatest piece of skill I have ever seen at Craven Cottage Dennis Odoi hasn’t blown me away but he hasn’t been awful. Two man of the match awards early in the season however he hasn’t maintained that form and has subsequently lost his place in the starting 11 to Ryan Fredericks.
My Rating: 6/10
Ragnar Sigurdsson: Came in after a great Euros with Iceland which unfortunately included a goal and a man of the match performance against England I thought Sigurdsson could be a very good signing. He has been disappointing considering the high expectations I had when he came in. Not as dominant in the air as I thought he would be and a shocking performance against Bristol the jury is still out on Sigurdsson but I think he has been an improvement on all our centre half options from last season barring Madl.
My Rating 6/10
Tomas Kalas: By a mile the best defender we have had since Brede Hangeland Kalas was briliant last year at Boro and has carried it on this year. The only complaint I have about this signing is that it is only a loan deal. When Kalas doesn’t play we are not the same team and our results without him go to show that with him missing 6 games and us picking up only 5 points in that time conceding a dreadful 12 goals during that period as well.
My Rating 9/10
Lucas Piazon: Another Chelsea loanee Piazon’s life in SW6 has started quite well notching up 3 goals in 12 games and adding some flair to the squad. A surprise transfer that wasn’t even speculated on deadline day, I wouldn’t mind seeing Piazon’s loan being extended past January and into the end of the season however with his position having a lot of competition I could see why Jokanovic would send him back down the road to Chelsea.
My Rating 7/10
Kevin Macdonald: This man runs the midfield every game I see him play. The 1.5 million pound pricetag is the bargain of the century as I Kev Mac has been one of the best 5 players on the pitch in the majority of his games this season. A blip would obviously be his red card against Bristol however you can’t hold that against him as he has been one of our best players this season.
My Rating 9/10
Chris Martin: Striker is still our weakest position and I hope that that doesn’t show this weekend when we can’t play Martin against his parent club Derby County. Martin struggled to find his feet at first failing to score in his first 6 games in a white shirt. However with 6 in his last 10 and some outstanding hold up play Martin has been a good acquisition for Fulham so far and is another player who’s loan I would like seen turned permanent.
My Rating 7/10
Stefan Johansen: Watching Johansen and Cairney link up these past few weeks has been nothing short of majestic. Johansen’s first few games had me very worried that Celtic fans comments about his laziness were true as he didn’t look like anything spectacular. However with 3 goals in his past 3 games and impressive performances coming weekly I have to call him our signing of the season if he can keep this up. Johansen has got an unbelievable amount of talent and can find a pass perfectly. His performances in the past few weeks have completely changed my opinion of him and I hope more of the same is to come.
My Rating 9/10
David Button: David Button has all the makings of fantastic keeper and on his day can win you 3 points on his own. However all to often he is making stupid mistakes and his distribution just isn’t good enough. The Aston Villa game soured a lot of fans on Button and poor performances against Brighton and Wolves didn’t help matters either. For me it is time to give Bettinelli another chance between the sticks however all in all Button has not been a woeful signing.
My Rating 5/10
Michael Madl: Signed permanently after a successful loan spell last season Madl hasn’t been in the side as much as I anticipated making only 9 appearances this season. Started brilliantly forming a great pairing with Kalas however he has fallen out of favour in recent weeks and I would like to see him in the starting 11 more consistently as I think he is a fantastic player.
My Rating 6/10
Neeskens Kebano: I’ll be honest with you the only reason Kebano is the last player I am writing about is because I almost forgot about him. Playing a couple of minutes at the end of games here and there I am really not sure how good of a player he is. He hasn’t played much for us at all and his debut against Blackburn is still the best match he has played for us in my opinion. Still looking for his first goal Kebano is getting nowhere near his strike rate at Genk and Charleloi.
My Rating 4/10