Fulham fans have found them once again in a familiar position:
There’s 5 fixtures left, and the club isn’t fighting to stave off relegation but also isn’t fighting for a top spot. Since coming into the Premier League, aside from the one nearly disastrous season I’m sure you’re all aware of, Fulham has finished between 7th and 14th every single season.
So where does the club stand?
Moving up the Premier League is a looooooong road. Everyone knows that. Look at Everton, the league’s definition of stagnant. Now, I’m sure no Everton fan is complaining, especially with what they’ve able to accomplish with such a tight budget, but they’ve been around a while, and still have a way to go to consistently compete with Liverpool, Spurs, and the next tier of clubs.
Fulham isn’t there yet. They’re close, but not there yet.
Anyways, I digress. With 5 matches left, we once again find our Cottagers clawing for a top-10 spot. With the club sitting in 9th place, and tied in points with Norwich in 10th, it will be a fight to the finish for that distinction. The remaining matches include Wigan and Sunderland at home, and Liverpool, Spurs, and Everton away. Those are 3 pretty darn tough away fixtures and 2 very winnable fixtures at home. Where do you see this team finishing, and more importantly, where do they need to finish for you to be satisfied with this season?
Remember, injuries are a concern at the moment. Zdenek Grygera and Bryan Ruiz are shelved for the remainder, Steve Sidewell is a question mark at best, and the Pog is still recovering from that twisted ankle, which can be an absolute pain-in-the-you-know-what to return from (especially when your job description is run around for 2 hours).
So what are we looking for to finish out the season?