Slavisa Jokanovic achieved a 6th place finish in the Championship last season, 14 places higher than the 2015-16 season. But how was this achieved?
Using WhitePaper Tactics from itUSEO Football we look at how Jokanovic guided Fulham to the play-off’s.
The season started with talk that the side might struggle following the last two seasons and the loss of key players. Forwards Moussa Dembele and Ross McCormack moved on and their were concerns that goals would be hard to come by, this couldn’t have been further from the truth
Fulham started a strong campaign with a perfect start with an unbeaten August with five wins and two draws.
But how was this made possible?
Jokanovic got the best out of his players using a 4-4-3 formation, there attacking style of football was regarded as some of the the best in the Championship.
Operating a high defensive line and pressing from the front, Fulham were able to hurry opponents into mistakes and control games, using attacking full backs to provide assist for forwards.
The 2017 EFL Player of the Year was hailed as a future wonderkid at Hull but Cairney never quite lived up to the hype. A move to a struggling Blackburn did little to reignite his career.
This season has been Cairney’s best, the Scotland international scored 13 goals and created another 11, dictating the pace and pattern of Fulham’s play from the centre of midfield.
Cairney created 115 chances and completed 3086 passes with an accuracy of 92%, of which 61% were forward passes.
The 16-year-old attacking left back made 22 appearances in the Championship, winning 55% of tackles made. He also made 11 interceptions, 46 clearances and two blocks.
But it was going forward where Sessegnon did most damage. With a playing style likened to Bale, he scored five goals and created 13 others with a 82% pass completion rate.