Former Fulham star Bobby Zamora believes the Cottagers have the ability to bounce back from Premier League relegation provided they can make the right recruitment during the summer. The west London side spent £100m on new players following their top-flight promotion, but the move has failed to pay dividends with the club being relegated with six games to play.
He told: “Fulham have the ability to bounce back but that comes down to their recruitment over the summer. Hopefully, Scottie [Parker] is given a chance next year and then the club can move forward. They need to keep hold of a lot of their players too but that will be a financial decision. Ideally if they can retain [Ryan] Babel and [Andre] Schurrle, those two could be important and make a massive difference but that comes down to their mind-set.”
The likes of Jean Michael Seri and Schurrle (two-year loan) were among the high-profile signings for the club during the previous summer transfer window but they were not able to hugely influence their ambition of beating the drop. As such, the Cottagers are likely to consider their probable sales during the summer to save wages dropping into a lower division.
Elsewhere, Babel was one of the bright spots for the club after joining them from Besiktas during the backend of the campaign, but the Dutchman may not necessarily stay put with the club. The veteran marksman would be a free agent during the summer, and he could thereafter consider a move to a much bigger club, considering he remains a regular choice with the Netherlands national team.