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...