Why signing Jean Michael Seri could establish Fulham as a top-six contender
Slavisa Jokanovic’s men have been on an upward trajectory since the previous season. Nobody expected Fulham to get promoted in the initial stages of the campaign and yet, they have successfully booked a spot for themselves in the Premier League.
Now, with the summer transfer window up and running, not many people expected them to beat the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea to sign OGC Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri. However, as per a report from Daily Mail, the Cottagers are edging closer to securing a deal for the talented Ivory Coast star.
The report further states that Fulham will table a bid in the region of £18million to acquire the 26-year-old’s services, which seems a tad surprising since Seri’s release clause stands at £35million.
However, according to an earlier report by Daily Star, the player’s agent had mentioned that the release clause is valid only until July 15th and that’s hardly a few days away. Hence, it makes sense for the newly-promoted outfit to take advantage of the situation.
Over the course of the last campaign, Seri scored 2 goals and provided 6 assists. He usually occupies a role in the centre of the midfield and his style is quite defensive.
Despite being quite adept at providing a tough shield of protection ahead of the back four, Seri is also proficient when it comes to supporting the attackers. He can occupy a deeper role in the midfield, meaning he could truly revamp Fulham’s performances next season.
Seri is one of the most skilled midfielders across Europe and if Fulham manage to sign him, it will be nothing short of a coup for the club. As far as Jokanovic’s squad is concerned, Seri could work wonders alongside club captain Tom Cairney in the heart of the park.
The duo must focus towards working in tandem and forge a solid partnership in central midfield. And with players like Ryan Sessegnon in the mix, Fulham could launch an attempt to challenge for a top-six spot.
That said, it is still too early to build castles in the air. The prospect of signing Seri will sound tantalizing for the club and its fans and they must do everything to acquire his services ahead of other suitors.