Fulham have always been a team to leave it late in the transfer window so it is time to look at the club’s five best deadline day signings as the final day of the January window approaches.
5. Lewis Holtby from Tottenham | January 2014
Lewis Holtby kicks this list off with his six month loan spell during the 2013/14 season. Fulham were woeful that year but Holtby gave the squad a bit of class it had been lacking and looked head and shoulders above his team mates everytime he stepped onto the pitch.
The German was a brilliant number 10 during his time at Fulham and aged just 28 many Fulham fans would welcome him back if he were to return in the next couple of days.
4. Pavel Pogrebnyak from Stuttgart | January 2012
The Russian striker was a sensation when he first arrived at Craven Cottage. Pogrebnyak still holds the record for the fastest time to reach five Premier League goals, taking just three games to reach that mark with goals against Stoke and QPR followed up by a hat-trick against Wolves.
The Pog became a cult hero immediately although the goals did dry up and he would only score once more before the end of the season but for those opening three games Fulham thought they had signed one of the best goal scorers in the world.
Pogrebnyak’s stay in west London was brief as he opted to not renew his contract after the initial six months leaving Fulham scrambling for a new striker in the summer.
3. Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United | Summer 2012
After Pogrebnyak’s departure Fulham were desperate for someone to fill his boots and they found the perfect replacement. A Champions League regular, Premier League winner and Premier League golden boot winner.
On deadline day in summer 2012 Dimitar Berbatov missed his flight to Italy to sign for Juventus and instead opted to join Fulham. The Bulgarian was an instant hit netting 15 league goals in his first season whilst proving himself to be one of the most talented players to ever play for the Whites.
2. Aleksandar Mitrovic from Newcastle | January 2018
Where would Fulham be now if they hadn’t made this signing?
Aleksandar Mitrovic was ready to sign for his former club Anderlecht before the deal fell through at the last minute. Fulham gave him a lifeline in the Championship and the rest was history.
Mitro was the final piece of the Fulham jigsaw which was missing throughout the season, for all of their possession they just didn’t have the striker to put it in the net and Mitrovic immediately filled that gap.
The Serbian netted 12 times in 17 Championship games tasting defeat only once during that time as he guided Fulham to the playoff final and eventually promotion.
1. Danny Murphy from Tottenham | Summer 2007
One of the most important figures in Fulham’s recent history Danny Murphy was signed on deadline day in the summer of 2007.
Murphy would go on to keep Fulham up on that season with his goal against Portsmouth on the final day.
The former Liverpool man was subsequently made club captain and wore the armband on Fulham’s proudest day, in the Europa League final against Atletico Madrid.
Murphy oozed class, he was a fantastic passer of the ball and could dictate any game. Unfortunately he was born during the time England were producing some of the best midfielders in the world which limited him to just nine appearances for the national team.