After a slow start Mark Hughes has managed to shape Fulham into a tough, well-organised unit.
They are not quite the force Roy Hodgson turned them into when challenging for Europa League honours but no doubt Hughes will be looking to strengthen his team in the summer.
Here at COS we will give him a hand in weeding out the dead wood at the club.
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Bjorn Helge Riise
The younger brother of former Liverpool player John Arne Riise who unfortunately for Fulham has all the football talent in the family. He has just moved on-loan to Sheffield United where Fulham fans, and Mark Hughes, will be hoping he will stay.
He was supposed to be one of the best players ever produced by the MLS. Well if the Americans think he is good that just shows the poor quality David Beckham now plays against. He has struggled to hold down a place with the Cottagers, being sent on-loan three times in his three years at the club. Get rid but who will take him?
The big defender was more famous for his even bigger turning cicle as he was laughed out of Arsenal. Arsene Wenger tried to sell him for years but no one was stupid enough to pay for him. Until Fulham took him on a free which was probably the worst bit of business in the club’s history. Ok he injured his achilles in pre-season but he is not going to come back a better player.
He may only be there on-loan until the end of the season but this is not the type of player Fulham need – desperate, late, transfer deadline day signing in order to add cover – but if Hughes makes this deal permanent he should be make to walk down the King’s Road starkers and singing God Save The Queen. He is too old and does not score enough goals.
He may get better as he gets older, but at 24 he looks far from the finished article. Benfica really did not want him and after he made his debut in the FA Cup you could see why. Fulham may have won but Halliche did give away a penalty. The question is: do Fulham have the time and resources to improve him?