Fulham are planning to use Aboubakar Kamara in their first-team squad this season despite his previous disciplinary issues, according to a Daily Telegraph report this morning.
The French forward was shipped out to Turkey on loan in January after falling out with previous head coach Claudio Ranieri having insisted on taking a penalty ahead of designated taker Aleksandar Mitrovic. Kamara then got involved in an altercation with Mitrovic during a training ground yoga session and was arrested after an alleged assault on a club member of staff in a subsequent incident.
Kamara, whose cause has been championed by the club’s director of football and vice chairman Tony Khan, had been invited back to train with club’s first team on their return to training for the summer. The forward’s future was the subject of discussions between Scott Parker and senior first-team players and he has been allowed to return to the senior set-up as a result.
Fulham are light on striking alternatives to Mitrovic, who signed an extended contract with the club last week. Kamara could also be utilised as a right winger, where he was effective towards the end of Fulham’s promotion campaign under Slavisa Jokanovic, with the Whites also without first-team depth in that position. He appeared off the bench as Fulham were beaten 3-1 by Cambridge United in their first pre-season friendly and is expected to feature when Parker’s side take on Porto next week.