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Fulham - Left Back?

I've already made it quite clear, through commenting on many an article, that I completely missed the tie with Accrington. However, through word of mouth only, it would seem our left back cover, Toni Kallio, didn't look quite up to scratch against the League 2 outfit.

That, of course, begs the question; Could we do with a bit more quality in that area of the pitch?

No doubting Konchesky is a top drawer full-back, although, he does have his moments. But when it comes to backup for the ex-West Ham man, it would seem we are lacking considerably.

From what I've seen of the Finnish lad Kallio, he is more of a centre back than a full back. He's tall, good in the air, and to be fair to him, lacks the turn in pace that is so often vital as a left back or right back.

On top of that, Roy was very eager to loan Toni out, which only shows that he is certainly not considered first team material.

I for one feel that any backup across the back line should be incredibly reliable and trustworthy when it comes to filling in, considering it is one of the more risky areas on the field. One mistake; And we can be immediately punished.

So, what do you guys think? More cover needed?

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The Journalist

Writer: Kristian Balkin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 25 2010

Time: 7:18PM

Your Comments

Good article and the answer is most definitley YES! Although a friend of mine once mentioned that DUFF played emergency left back for that lot down the road!
Question is - who should we go for?
left back's are notoriously hard to come by, but by all measures, we need better cover at left back thank kallio... he was not adequate... he will get torn apart by spurs if he starts... don't we have some youngsters that could play? or are they too far away skillwise? bring someone in, please...
A loanee would be a simple solution, but, I fear we need something more long term than that. Alex Smith is set to be a good full back, and I believe is left footed. But I suspect it'll be a while before he fully flourishes.
Gareth Bale, Ricardo Gardner (can play left mid or back) and Javier Garrido all fit the bill - looking for regular football and not too expensive. Herita Ilunga would probably jump at the chance of leaving West Ham. Take your pick.
"That lot down the road" know a bit about left backs having gone through quite a few before acquiring the gem from "that lot to the north". Pace is essential here, with todays wingers being bred for speed (usually) but intelligent positional play is also necessary. Bale or Ilunga are the only two options from above you should be considering.
Speaking of the "lot down the road," I might go after a loan deal for Paulo Ferreira. He's a natural right-back, but has played well enough on the left. He might be looking for regular football.

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