Fulham had a good season last year in the Championship when the finished in 6th place with 80 points, and they did the double over us and looked a good side.
But under manager Slavisa Jokanovic they seem to have lost their way this season and are currently in 17th place with 19 points from their 16 games played.
And there’s news today that one of their players Rafa wanted last January and last summer – midfielder Tom Cairney – is still a prime target for Newcastle – even though he doesn’t seem to have had a good season.
The news is being reported in the Northern Echo.
The Fulham manager was determined to keep one of his best players in the summer and asked a whopping £20M for the one time capped Scottish International.
Tom Cairney – Fulham’s attacking midfielder
There were even some reports that Newcastle had a £20M offer turned down by Fulham but given the thriftiness of Newcastle last summer – we doubt that was true.
It was not a surprise when Tom signed a new five-year contract at Fulham last summer.
And it could be an excellent opportunity in January for Newcastle to test the waters – with Fulham having no chance of promotion this season and maybe Cairney is now expendable halfway through the season?
It seems like Rafa will have to sell some players in January to get some funds if Mike Ashley is still the owner by then.
Last season Tom had a terrific season for Fulham, and it included two excellent displays against Newcastle, and he caught the eye of manager Rafa Benitez.
Rafa believes the 26-year-old can make the big step up to the Premier League.
Tom has played for the Scotland U19 and U21 youth sides and gained his first and only cap for Scotland in March of this year in a 1–1 home draw with Canada in a friendly.
He qualifies to play for Scotland because of his Scottish father.
In his career so far he has played 272 games with 38 goals and 45 assists.
And for Fulham, he’s made 100 appearances with 22 goals and 18 assists since joining them in 2015 from Blackburn Rovers.