There were whispers only a few weeks ago that Scott Parker was on the brink of being shoved out at Fulham, the club’s owners particularly unimpressed by their 3-0 defeat at home to Fulham.
But since then things have started to turn around a little: they have won their subsequent three games, against Birmingham, QPR and on Tuesday night a comprehensive victory over Derby County at Craven Cottage.
That has at the very least saved Parker’s bacon and pushed the Cottagers up towards the promotion places, but will it last? And given that we have been quick to criticise Parker’s handling of the Fulham side this season, should we be equally quick to praise him when things go well?
“Maybe,” said Sam Parkin on this week’s Totally Football League Show. “I think he’s got good players though, and he’s been in the job since the back end of last season.
“It will take a bit of time because he’s adapting the style somewhat from what they had in the last few years.
“It was a good decision to leave Aboubakar Kamara in the side, because that thrust and a bit more power to complement Alexandar Mitrovic was a good move, and one of the main factors as to why they beat Derby so comprehensively.
“West Brom and Leeds know Fulham will be coming. They’ve just got a bit of an issue [in midfield] at the moment – Harrison Reed is out, Harry After too, so Kevin MacDonald might come back in.”
But perhaps we should be cautious about dishing out praise too readily, given the favours done for them by the fixture list, as Adrian Clarke highlighted.
“One thing I would say about Fulham is they’ve had quite a kind run. They’ve only played two of the top eight so far, which I think is important, and they’ve only had two away games against clubs in the top 15. So really, we don’t know what they’re like on the road against anyone decent.
“My inkling is that there’s fragility there, because defensively they’ve got the same, or very similar personnel to last season, and I’m not convinced by them. I think there’s a real test to come in the middle of winter. We’re about to learn a lot more about them.”
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