Welcome again to the Premier League, Fulham. Thumped 3-0 to Arsenal, the newly-promoted facet have been dealt a ruthless reminder of precisely why all of it went so horrible wrong the last time they have been within the topflight.
It received’t all the time be this brutal, regardless of the loss the Cottagers supplied sufficient promise to counsel it received’t all the time be this dangerous.
Credit to Scott Parker’s facet, they caught to their passing rules on their large return. Their philosophy is obvious: laborious work, passing and possession.
Fulham have been dealt a ruthless reminder of precisely why all of it went so horrible wrong last time
Credit to Scott Parker’s facet, they caught to their passing rules on their large return
But the seismic hole in high quality between Championship and Premier League soccer is simply as manifestly apparent.
Fulham began with 10 of the crew that began the play-off last win over Brentford last month.
If they have been beneath phantasm of the step up in school, they actually aren’t now.
The cause Fulham have been relegated in 2019 was as a result of they concede too many, far too many, objectives.
Eighty-one to be precise – the worst defensive file within the league that season.
The Cottagers struggled to shackle Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian in 3-0 defeat
Parker was not in cost for the overwhelming majority of the season. But their leaky defence, and the implications that await if he can not plug it, received’t be misplaced on the Fulham supervisor.
In the Championship last season, Fulham recorded the fourth greatest objectives in opposition to file within the league en path to promotion.
But shackling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian – who recorded three assists on his Arsenal debut – is an altogether totally different proposition.
That’s life within the quick lane, Fulham must acclimatise – and rapidly – if they’re to make a fist of staying up.
Fulham can solely lick their wounds and are available once more however the Premier League will not get any simpler
They have time, of course. Next weekend’s conflict in opposition to fellow promoted facet Leeds ought to present a extra opportune chance of selecting up their first level of the season.
The reality star striker Aleksander Mitrovic didn’t begin this recreation is additional hope for optimism.
Fulham are a unique proposition when the Serb is within the crew. A confirmed Premier League goalscorer, Parker is aware of he’ll want his striker firing.
For now, although, Fulham can solely lick their wounds and are available once more. But the character of the Premier League means it received’t get any simpler.
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