FIVE-POINT PLAN

Australian Four Four Two - - PREMIER LEAGUE -

1 KEEP DOM­I­NAT­ING GAMES

Ful­ham topped the Cham­pi­onship’s pos­ses­sion fig­ures with a pass­ing style that was pleas­ing on the eye. Hog­ging the ball will be harder at this level, but tak­ing on the coun­try’s best teams is a damned sight eas­ier when you aren’t chas­ing them for 90 min­utes.

2 DON’T GET IT CHY FEET

Jokanovic, for­merly a mid­fielder at lo­cal boys Chelsea, has been im­per­a­tive to Ful­ham’s re­vival. Be­fore ar­riv­ing in De­cem­ber 2015, he had quite the wan­der­lust: the av­er­age ten­ure of his pre­vi­ous six man­age­rial spells (in six dif­fer­ent coun­tries) was 10 months, and he left Wat­ford weeks after tak­ing them up into the Pre­mier League as he felt the con­tract of­fered didn’t show much faith in him. At last, he has found a rea­son to set­tle down.

3 GET AK- 47 FIR­ING

Only Sessegnon and an on-loan Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic scored dou­ble fig­ures for Ful­ham in 2017-18. Rui Fonte laboured and fel­low new sign­ing Aboubakar Ka­mara, who wore shirt No.47, thus mak­ing him AK-47, lacked con­sis­tency. He’ll be gun­ning for a more pro­lific cam­paign in 2018-19, after his con­tri­bu­tion was lim­ited to seven goals in 32 matches and a hor­ren­dous dive in the play-off semi-fi­nal sec­ond leg.

4 FIND A NEW DE­FENCE

Cyrus Christie has big boots to fill with ram­pag­ing right-back Ryan Fred­er­icks mov­ing to West Ham, while at left-back, Southamp­ton are re­luc­tant to sell Matt Tar­gett, whose loan from Jan­uary freed up Sessegnon to play fur­ther for­ward. Be­tween them, To­mas Kalas needs pris­ing away from Chelsea. Ful­ham had eight loa­nees last sea­son, some­thing they can’t re­peat due to Pre­mier League re­stric­tions, and just 16 se­nior play­ers be­ing avail­able for the first day of pre-sea­son hinted at the need for sign­ings, es­pe­cially in de­fence.

5 DON’T TREAT IN­JURIES WITH CHEESE

You’d think it goes with­out say­ing, but as Ful­ham’s last visit here had man­ager Felix Ma­gath claim­ing cheese could aid Brede Han­ge­land’s thigh in­jury (“I merely sug­gested that we try the old wives’ tale”), you can’t be too care­ful...

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