Marco Silva sat down with former Fulham skipper Steve Sidwell for a wide-ranging interview with TNT Sports ahead of this afternoon’s televised match against Manchester City at Craven Cottage.

There are several interesting nuggets from an illuminating discussion – including just how challenging it was for the Fulham head coach to deal with life after Aleksandar Mitrovic and the way in which he reshaped his attacking plan following the Serbian striker’s switch to Saudi Arabia at the start of the season.

What caught my eye the most – especially in light of Silva’s comments during yesterday’s press conferences about Fulham’s plans for the summer transfer window – were the words he used in an answer about planning for the future.

“You’re in a competition that’s tough on the pitch, but even tougher off the pitch. We have to be really proactive, we have to be creative. We have to believe in some players that didn’t have the best years, that they can be successful in your football club. We have to have the capacity as a staff to make them better.”