Parker plans for new defenders to improve Fulham’s soft mentality
Scott Parker will look to the transfer window to change the mentality of Fulham’s defence after conceding seven goals in the first two games following promotion from the Championship.
Parker is likely to consider players with Premier League experience who are currently not featuring regularly, with his club usually looking at targets under the age of 28. The Fulham manager wants to instill a nastiness in his backline which was absent in the 4-3 defeat at Elland Road. Italian club Sassuolo also say they have received an offer for Brazilian centre-back Marlon.
“We’re going to have to learn, try to improve things,” Parker said. “I realise we have strengthened in certain areas, but defensively we need to improve and we probably need some help with that.
“We’ll keep trying to push to bring people in because that’s where we need to improve.”
Aleksandar Mitrovic had cancelled out Helder Costa’s opener before Parker’s defence conceded three goals in 16 minutes. Bobby Decordova-Reid and Mitrovic pulled goals back, but Fulham paid the price for their defensive softness.
“This is deeper than a video clip of mistakes,” Parker said. “Like anything when you’re trying to