Fulham have taken the Sky Bet Championship by storm this season and beat Preston 3-0 on Tuesday to secure promotion with four games remaining.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at five players who have been instrumental in their promotion-winning campaign.
Fulham’s number nine has had an outstanding season, scoring 40 goals and providing seven assists with four games remaining in the season. His sights are set on Guy Whittingham’s 42 goals in a 46-game season in the second division for Portsmouth nearly 30 years ago in 1992-93. The Serbian striker’s number of goals is in stark contrast to last season’s Premier League campaign, when he managed just three goals.
Mitrovic’s success this season is due in part to the arrival of Wilson. In last season’s Premier League campaign, the Serb was often an isolated figure up front, but he has thrived with support. Wilson, 25, was signed by Liverpool last summer after successful loan spells at Hull, Derby and Cardiff in the Championship and Bournemouth in the top flight. He has found the form of himself this term and tops the assists chart with 15, as well as having found the net 10 times.
Carvalho’s impressive form under boss Marco Silva this season has apparently earned him a summer move to Liverpool. The 19-year-old striker was reportedly close to joining the Reds in January and, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, he appears ready to go. Carvalho came through the youth system at Craven Cottage and made his senior debut under Scott Parker towards the end of Fulham’s relegation season, but has excelled in the Championship with nine goals in 32 league starts.
Reed has been a key part of Fulham’s midfield for the past three seasons and has provided much-needed stability through successive promotion and relegation since joining the club, initially on loan, from Southampton in August 2019. Reed was voted as the player of the club. season in their unsuccessful Premier League campaign and has remained crucial at the heart of midfield this season.
Ream recently made his 250th appearance for Fulham and has been one of the Championship’s most consistent defenders in recent years. The 34-year-old has played in all 42 of Fulham’s championship games so far this season and has received regular praise from manager Silva as Fulham have lost just eight and conceded just 37 goals.
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