Fulham - Continuity the Key?
Throughout the 2008/2009 season Fulham FC were blessed with few injuries and few international departures.
This meant Roy Hodgson had the good fortune to be able to field a similar team week-by-week, and, based on our 7th place finish in May, it was a fortune that clearly paid its dividends.
That's why, as our injury crisis amounts to be ever bigger and ever more threatening, I look upon Birmingham City with the greatest of envy.
Over the course of the season they have had few injuries to speak of and have valiantly battled up the table with a foundation of consistency on which to build.
I for one only wish we could endure a similar plight this year, but, karma has caught up with us and has punished us for such a comfortable and, quite literally, painless term the last time around.
After the Summer transfer deadline closed, I must say, I was a little disappointed with the quality Roy had brought in. Damien Duff seemed like the only purchase of his that would settle straight into a first team role, and, so far, I have been proved right on that front.
However, now I must congratulate our gaffer on the job he has done at adding a whole host of depth to the squad. We have suffered injuries left, right and centre, and yet, it's never felt like we were fielding a truly 'shoddy' team.
Foresight is the word that springs to mind when talking of Roy's summer dealings and it's it only now, as we struggle and battle onwards and upwards, that I can officially congratulate him on what he did.