The transfer window slammed shut this week and Fulham defender Tim Hoogland has told the club’s supporters to trust Felix Magath’s judgment in the market.
Fulham only made one deadline day signing in the form of Matt Smith from Leeds in a £500,000 deal in a surprisingly quiet end to their summer business.
Hoogaland, a summer signing himself, who scored in the 1-1 weekend stalemate at home to Cardiff City, worked with Magath in his native Germany at Schalke.
Fulham supporters have been concerned with the lack of experienced incomings at Craven Cottage as Magath has moved to freshen up his Whites squad.
Many ageing legs have departed, although Scott Parker remains as captain, and the likes of Pat Roberts and Chris David have been promoted to the first-team squad.
This is nothing new for Magath, who likes the energy and enthusiasm young players provide, and Hoogland cites Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko as one of Magath’s success stories.
“There are always young players who develop under him,” Hoogland explained.
“Especially Dzeko [at Wolfsburg], no one knew Dzeko before. He created a really great player. He needs the time then everything will be right in the future.”
Saturday’s game with Cardiff may not have yielded the Whites’ first three points of the Championship season, however some of the football on show in the first half was excellent and defender Hoogland believes the young players will benefit from the experience.
“Absolutely,” came the response from Hoogland when asked whether the game will havea positive effect on the young guns.
“There was in the games before as well. The problem was we didn’t have the result we deserved sometimes.
“Just speaking with them [will help them], saying they train good, play good and create chances and the luck is coming to us.”