LEAKY FULHAM HAD TO KEEP ACE MAC
THE best piece of business in the January transfer window? It has to be Fulham’s stubborn refusal to flog striker Ross McCormack.
Middlesbrough initially waved £7m, then returned with a string of seemingly irresistible offers.
By the end of January, a cheque for £12m was waiting to be signed. For a guy barrelling towards 30, it seemed a no-brainer. Yet Fulham stood firm. Why? Because they cannot defend to save their lives. They’re atrocious. When you’re the second-highest scorers in the division and sit just seven points above the drop zone, the issue is pretty evident.
The Cottagers are about as durable as wet tissue and manager Slavisa Jokanovic needs more than one transfer window to solve that.
Their only hope – for this season at least – lies in outscoring the opposition. And without their 16-goal top scorer, an outside chance of relegation to League One would become a very real possibility. That’s worth a lot more than £12m.
KEY: Ross McCormack