When Paul Konchesky's suspension forced Carlos Bocanegra to slide over to left-back, that opened things up for Lawrie Sanchez' 5th centre-back pairing of the season. After 3 games, Aaron Hughes and Dejan Stefanovic appear to be just what we're looking for:
Chris Baird was awarded Southhampton's 2006/07 Ugliest Player of the Year in a ceremony last night. The former Saints defender is now at Fulham, where he is currently injured. Many Fulham supporters see the injury as a blessing, since they feel he is Championship quality and has no business on a Premiership squad.
Baird is the early favorite for 2007/08 Ugliest Player of the Year at Fulham, but will face a difficult challenge in December when Jimmy Bullard returns to the squad.
We're now 7 games into the 2007/08 season, and Fulham is sitting 17th in the table, just outside the relegation zone. Despite this standing, there have been plenty of positives. We've held the lead in every game. Most of the new signings have shown promise. And we're second in the Premiership in scoring!
With the transfer deadline tomorrow night, Fulham still has a few holes to fill. Injuries to Brian McBride and Hamuer "Hammertime" Bouazza have left us thin up front. For Bouazza's spot on the left wing, Lee Cook is coming back from injury soon, and seems that he would be the natural replacement. Clint Dempsey has been our attacking utility man, and has provided cover the past couple matches.