JEAN MICHAEL SERI

Ful­ham | 27 | Mid­fielder

Australian Four Four Two - - NEW SIGNINGS -

Jean Michael Seri was on the brink of join­ing Barcelona dur­ing the sum­mer of 2017, so it’s a real coup for Ful­ham that he’ll be trot­ting out at Craven Cot­tage this sea­son. The col­lapse of Seri’s mooted $65 mil­lion move to Camp Nou prompted an­gry re­crim­i­na­tions, with Seri ac­cus­ing Nice of ask­ing for too much money, his agent claim­ing that Paris Saint-Ger­main had tabled an un­help­ful counter-of­fer, and Nice sug­gest­ing it was Barça who had pulled the plug. Seri ad­mit­ted that he had been “re­ally hurt” by the se­quence of events, and his per­for­mance level dipped in the months that fol­lowed. Seri was a reve­la­tion in his first two cam­paigns at Nice, set­ting the at­tack-minded side’s tempo from his deep-ly­ing mid­field po­si­tion and help­ing the club fin­ish 4th and then 3rd in Ligue 1. His stand­out cam­paign was 2016-17, when he scored seven goals, pro­vided 10 as­sists and earned a place in Ligue 1’s Team of the Sea­son. Seri grew up in Grand-Bereby, a coastal town close to Ivory Coast’s border with Liberia, and kicked off his se­nior ca­reer at the pres­ti­gious ASEC Mi­mosas. He joined Porto on loan in 2012 and spent a sea­son in their B team be­fore a move to Pa­cos de Fer­reira al­lowed him to sam­ple top-level Euro­pean ac­tion for the first time. He de­parted for Nice in 2015 and made his in­ter­na­tional de­but three months later. A short, bustling fig­ure (he’s 168cm), Seri has im­mense be­lief in his abil­ity to out­fox op­po­nents deep in­side his own half, and ex­hibits ex­cel­lent aware­ness of his team-mates’ po­si­tion­ing, reg­u­larly set­ting at­tacks in mo­tion with clever first-time flicks. Whether he suc­ceeds in the Pre­mier League or not, Ful­ham fans can ex­pect to see plenty of him – he topped the Ligue 1 charts for passes at­tempted and passes com­pleted in each of the past two sea­sons.

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