Jay Stansfield has undergone knee surgery and will be out ‘for a few weeks’, according to Fulham head coach Marco Silva.
The teenage striker, who scored his first senior goal with a stunning strike at Birmingham City in the League Cup in August, has been in brilliant form for Fulham’s youth sides this season. He scored three goals in five appearances for Fulham’s under 23s, who currently lead the second division table by seven points, as well as featuring for the under 18 side earlier in the campaign. Stansfield received a call-up for England’s under 20 side, for whom he scored against the Czech Republic in the Elite League last month, but now faces a significant spell on the sidelines.
The nineteen year old, signed from Exeter City’s academy in August 2019, has already battled back from ankle surgery, which kept him sidelined for five months last year. Silva revealed during his pre-match press conference this afternoon that his promising striker picked up the injury in training at Motspur Park earlier this week:
“We have a situation with Jay. Two days ago he got an injury. He had surgery on his knee yesterday and he will be out for a few weeks.”
The former Exeter striker scored one and made another for England’s under 20s in a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic last month. The teenager has been in terrific form for Fulham’s under 23 side so far this season, scoring three times in five appearances for Steve Wigley’s side, as the young Whites have surged to the top of the table. Stansfield also scored his first senior goal in the first team’s League Cup win over Birmingham City back in August.
England play Portugal in Leiria on Thursday, kicking off at 5pm.
Fulham under 23s put three past Reading at Motspur Park this evening as Steve Wigley’s side maintained their unbeaten home start to the season and consolidated their hold on top spot in the table.
Luke Harris, Jonathan Page and Terry Ablade scored the goals as the young Whites recorded a comfortable victory over Reading that was largely sealed by half time. The Fulham starting line-up saw Terence Kongolo drafted in at centre back as the Dutch defender continued to build up his match sharpness having spent a long spell on the sidelines and Welsh youth international Jay Williams handed a chance to impress at right back, having made his first appearances at under-19 level for his country during the international break.
Williams definitely made an early impression sending in a superb cross from the right that narrowly eluded the Fulham attackers after Jay Stansfield had nearly played in Terry Ablade. But Fulham’s commitment to building up from the back almost caused them to fell behind when a Conor McAvoy pass was seized upon by Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan but the Reading forward’s square ball come to nothing.
McAvoy had much more success with a more direct forward ball that deliciously unlocked the Royal rearguard although Stansfield’s shot was straight at visiting goalkeeper Harvey Collins. Stansfield, a scorer for England’s under 20s in the week, clipped the outside of the post from a half volley after Reading failed to deal with a corner and then turned provider for Ablade but the Finnish forward headed disappointingly wide.
It was teenage midfielder Luke Harris who broke the deadlock after half an hour – latching onto a Sonny Hilton cross and driving home from the edge of the area. Hilton came close to doubling Fulham’s lead when he rattled the crossbar from distance, but Page couldn’t be denied when he rifled home an unstoppable effort from fully thirty yards out five minutes before the interval. It was a sublime way to give Fulham a commanding advantage that, in truth, Wigley’s men never looked like relinquishing.
Harris spurned a glorious opportunity to make it three early in the second half when he somehow missed the target from close range after Ablade’s deflected shot had fell kindly for him, but Ablade made that glaring miss academic when he slid in to convert a Ziyad Larkeche cross. Taye Ashby-Hammond preserved Fulham’s clean sheet with eight minutes to go with an instinctive stop to deny Reading substitute Princewell Ehibhatiomhan.
The Whites are now four points clear of second-placed West Brom, although they have played a game more than the Baggies.
Fulham striker Jay Stansfield got himself on the scoresheet as England’s under 20 side thrashed the Czech Republic this afternoon in Teplice.
Stansfield had a big part to play in England’s opening goal, seizing possession on the edge of the Czech Republic box and allowing Arsenal’s Miguel Azeez to find the top corner with a stunning strike from 20 yards. The Fulham striker gave England some breathing space four minutes into the second half when he followed up Morgan Rogers’ speculative strike and his close-range effort was deflected into the net.
Stansfield wasn’t finished there, releasing Rogers down the left wing with a precise pass and the Bournemouth loanee crossed for Tino Anjorin to make it 3-0. Rogers and James Hill added further goals after Stansfield had been substituted as the young Lions eased to victory.
Fulham’s under 23s fought back from a goal down to beat Newcastle United at Motspur Park this afternoon thanks to three second half strikes.
The young Whites were keen to return to winning ways after being beaten at Wolves last Monday but made the worst possible start in the Surrey sunshine. Joe White threaded a gorgeous ball through the heart of the home defence and Dylan Stephenson galloped away from Terence Kongolo to slot his sixth goal in as many games past Taye Ashby-Hammond in only the second minute. Fulham quickly fashioned a response wih the lively Jay Stansfield shooting fractionally wide after making an opportunity all for himself, before Matthew Bondswell bravely blocked the young striker’s shot after Steven Sessegnon had surged into the area and supplied a cross.
Kongolo’s comeback lasted just forty minutes before he limped off with another injury, but Fulham almost forced an equaliser before half time. Max Thompson produced a magnificent save to keep out Ziyad Larkeche’s effort and, from the rebound, Marlon Fossey found Terry Ablade in the area but Charlie Wiggett arrived in the nick of time to snuff out the danger. Fulham kept up the tempo after the resumption with Ollie O’Neill denied by another smart Thompson stop, before the home side were presented with a glorious chance to equalise. Eight minutes after the break, Bondswell made a dreadful hash of an attempted backpass and Terry Ablade had the simplest of tasks to fire past a helpless goalkeeper from ten yards out.
Steve Wigley’s side suddenly had the momentum. They went in front midway through the second half when Stansfield’s low angled drive nestled in the bottom corner from sixteen yards. It was a clinical finish after the ball had broken to him on the right angle of thea area following fine approach play from Sonny Hilton. The hosts made sure of the three points when Conor McAvoy powered home a Hilton corner at the near post eight minutes later. Fulham’s under 23s are now three points clear of Norwich at the top of the PL2 table.
FULHAM UNDER 23s (4-2-3-1): T. Ashby-Hammond; Fossey, Larkeche, McAvoy, Kongolo (Odutayo 40); S. Sessegnon, Pajaziti; Hilton, O’Neill, Stansfield; Ablade (Harris 77). Subs (not used): Adams, Williams, Tiehi.
BOOKED: S. Sessegnon, Hilton, McAvoy.
GOALS: Ablade (53), Stansfield (65), McAvoy (73).
NEWCASTLE UNITED UNDER 23s (4-3-3): Thompson; Barrett, Bondswell, Young, Wiggett; Anderson (Brookwell 62), Savage, White; Longelo, Wilson (De Bolle 82), Stephenson. Subs (not used): Banda, Scott, Ferguson.