After scoring thirteen goals in two games and looking a cut above the competition going forward, it may strange to pose the question about whether Fulham need to strengthen to support their promotion push? But the best sides never stop seeking constant improvement and Marco Silva was clear in his press conference on Friday that the Whites are open to making a move in the market should the right player be available.

One area where an acquisition might prove valuable would be in the middle of the park. Seri has options such as Reed, Cairney, Chalobah and Francois while Seri is currently on AFCON duty. Reed is undoubtedly much better when he plays his defensive disruptive role for Fulham but a midfield enforcer focused on protecting the back four could be a shrewd signing. Someone who is a master of the dark arts: the like of which we haven’t seen since Stefan Johansen departed or Kevin McDonald, a slightly different type of player immediately, was laid low by his kidney problems.

We saw just yesterday against Bristol City that when the opposition broke at pace Fulham lacked the nous to take one for the team. Tom Cairney was badly caught out for the first goal as the Robins raced forward from a corner and both Tim Ream and Harrison Reed had the opportunity to stop Antoine Semenyo when he burst over the half way line. Neither brought him down, and whilst the striker finished before chances impressively, both goals felt avoidable.

It remains to be seen if Chalobah can step up to fill the void left by the lack of a genuinely defensively-minded midfielder. There’s no doubt the one-team England international has the pedigree to become a key player at Craven Cottage, but we’ve yet to see him demonstrate it in a Fulham shirt so far. Fulham were heavily linked with former West Brom man Okay Yokuslu earlier in the window but of late that rumour has gone cold with Celta preferring a permanent move for the Turkish international. He has however stated he’d like to return to England and there is no doubt he is the type of player that is in question here, in his short stay in the Midlands he showed his craft at breaking the game up but also composure to find the more creative players in the side.

The Whites might still need additional bodies in the wide positions. At present, Kebano and Wilson look formidable and are looking devastating down the flank but what happens if one or god forbid both got injured? It seems unlikely that Silva will turn to Knockaert, who has been told that he can leave the club, or Cavaleiro, who is some way from full fitness. Carvalho or Bobby Decordova-Reid might be able to fill in on account of their versatility and it would be interesting to see what Sylvester Jasper could do after his impressive performances at Colchester. The suggestion is that our new Bulgarian under-21 international is likely to go out on loan again however.

There haven’t been a lot of credible links to wide players but Josh Bowler is one that has popped up briefly, he has the most completed dribbles in the league this season and Fulham fans know first hand what he can do because he found the net when Blackpool beat the whites at Bloomfield Road earlier this season with one of his mazy runs and an assured finish.
That rumour has also gone quiet as of late, Fulham are also linked to Algerian attacking midfielder Angelino Fulgini but the asking price of 20m euro seems too step in January and especially with the club’s FFP status it would be too much of a risk at this stage.

So transfer rumours have been few and far between this window so far but as we know the window hots up towards its close however in another Pandemic affected year and with the whites performing as well as they are the hierarchy may feel that now is not the the time to add to the squad and the reason we haven’t seen many links is because Silva is more than happy with his squad.