Fulham had a month to save their season, defenders were needed desperately and a backup option up top wouldn’t have gone amiss either. The Whites ended up with two Liverpool rejects and a West Ham flop.
Ryan Babel has admittedly started life at Craven Cottage very well and Havard Nordtveit has been good in Germany in the past but the one signing that has perplexed every Fulham fan is the arrival of Serbian winger Lazar Markovic.
Markovic hasn’t played for Liverpool since 2015 and since his last appearance has had failed loan spells at both Hull and Anderlecht.
The winger was once a £20 million player and had all the potential in the world after an impressive spell at Benfica but he has seemingly flushed his career down the toilet in recent years, showing up to training unfit and over weight.
During his last loan spell at Anderlecht he didn’t play for six weeks after signing due to his fitness being sub-par. With only 14 games of the season to go for Fulham they can’t afford for a repeat of that.
So it begs the question, why sign someone who is clearly not up to Premier League standard on deadline day?
This signing was seemingly made only to appease Aleksandar MItrovic, his name is in the second paragraph of the announcement and the pair are close friends from their Partizan Belgrade days.
Similarly to how Napoli signed Roberto Insigne or Chelsea giving a contract to Kylian Hazard, the club are making a signing to appease their best player. Markovic has been signed because he’s friends with Fulham’s star man and a happier Mitrovic may mean a better goal scoring return.
Just compare how he was announced in comparison to Ryan Babel or any of Fulham’s summer signings. There was no tweet from Tony Khan saying what a wonderful player he is, no mention of scouting or stats on the club website just. “He was highly recommended by Aleksandar Mitrovic.”
Maybe it’s not all bad though, if Fulham are to be relegated and budget cuts need to be made Brian Talbot can be made redundant and Mitro can work double duty as not only as their star striker but the chief scout as well.