The stage was set, the world record transfer and 300 million spent but Marco Silva and his charges had other ideas! Another stellar performance from the whites with stand out showings from the likes of Kenny Tete,João Palhinha and former blue Willian but not for the first time this season.

Fulham have grown in confidence and find themselves flying high in the premier league in 6th place, the team have gelled with the Portuguese influence and Brazilian flair from the likes of Willian who has rolled back the years to dazzle in a Fulham shirt to Andreas Pereira who was written off by so many and has now found a home at Craven Cottage, then you add in the players that saw Fulham up from the championship the likes of Harrison Reed and Aleksandr the great who have taken to the Premier League like a duck to water.

The January window is now closed and the club have strengthened the squad once again with shrewd business in Lukic and Cedric so now the question is what can this team achieve?

Heading into February Fulham find themselves on 32pts just 4 off the champions League and right in the mix for the Europa League, Fulham’s objective is still 40pts and guaranteed survival as it should be and as Silva keeps saying survival is and has always been the target BUT…. What happens when and it looks like when not if Fulham reach that target?

For me the sky is the limit once they hit that mark there is no doubt with the morale and determination in the team this side will push for their highest ever finish in the top flight and potentially a place in European competition next season. When you couple that with the FFP restraints from that awful summer of recruitment in 2018 being taken off this summer the Khan’s will be able to flex their financial muscle and add to this incredible unit of a squad as well as being able to hold on to key players, it appears the club is all pulling in the same direction for the first time in very long time with recruitment under Tony Khan, Alistair Mackintosh and Marco Silva behind all of these great signings and the scattergun approach seems to have been binned for a more methodical and well thought out approach to transfer business.

As fans we need to enjoy this team, this is the best a Fulham side has been since the Roy Hodgson era and this time it feels like it could be sustained for years to come under Marco Silva and the assistance of Luis Boa Morte the Cottage is bouncing, the clappers are gone and every player is fighting for the Fulham crest! No one knows what the future holds for this group but if Marco has his way there is every chance we could be watching European nights at the Cottage in the near future.

If you had told me that at the beginning of this season I’d have told you you’re mad so thank you Marco and your team for bringing the good times back, breaking the Yo-Yo tag and making Fulham an established Premier League side. ??