I’m not all that surprised by the news that Fredrik Stoor wants a move away from Fulham. I think it was coming at Christmas by the time it was clear that he was definitely the number two right back at the club.
Stoor seemed to have been signed as the premier right back after what, from memory at least, appeared a lengthy pursuit by Roy Hodgson. What he couldn’t have reckoned with was the strength of John Pantsil’s challenge and just what a great first season Pantsil has had at Fulham. The impressive nature of the Ghana international’s performances established him in the first team and, thereby, limited Stoor’s own opportunities.
It is certainly true that a defender new to the Premier League needs a run of games to bring himself up to the standard as well as the pace of the game. Stoor never had that. He didn’t look particularly at ease against Leicester, Sheffield Wednesday or Kettering, where he was beaten a number of times by a non-league winger, and the purchase of Stephen Kelly this week suggested that Hodgson was keen to look at other options.
It all seems that deal was what convinced Stoor and his agent to look elsewhere.
Three right backs is one too many. I knew they were looking to sign players and now we know what’s happening there is surely no doubt.
We have spoken with Fulham and said that we must find a solution. We’ll see if something happens soon. Fredrik wants to reclaim his place in the national side.
He could probably be a very useful player – it just doesn’t look like we’ll get the benefit of that talent at Fulham.