Sidwell Seeks Settled Squad

Monday 17 June 2013 16:00

Steve Sidwell is hoping that having a settled squad will help Fulham improve upon their consistency ahead of the new season.

The Club have made three new signings already this summer, with Derek Boateng and Fernando Amorebieta arriving before goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg put pen to paper earlier this month.

And Sidwell believes that the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season will be a lot easier to negotiate with the majority of the squad playing together for a whole pre-season.

“It was a bit of a transitional year for us, one where there were a few new faces,” he told the official website. “Obviously there will be more players arriving over the summer, but the main body of the squad will have had that experience of playing together.

“It’s important to get those new players in early and get the squad nice and settled ahead of the new campaign. I’m looking forward to seeing who else comes in, as last summer we saw the arrival of some very good players.”

Fulham finished in 12th position after a disappointing end to the campaign which saw the tough tackling midfielder miss seven of our last eight matches through suspension. But if we can maintain consistency, Sidwell believes the Whites can aim high.

“The season started well, but then we went through a bit of a sticky patch,” he said. “We picked things back up at the start of the year, but then, as we know, we didn’t finish the season too well.

“People would probably describe our season as a rollercoaster. We had some ups and downs, and okay, we didn’t finish as high as we would have liked but there were still positives to be taken.

“On our day we are a very good side, perhaps we just struggled for a bit of consistency at times. We played well in patches and, at the same time, know that we could have played better in other parts of the season.”

Some of the best moments for Sid in 2012/13 were when the side won games they were under pressure to perform in, and that is something he is very proud of.

“There were a few games that we entered where we really needed to win,” he added. “Newcastle United at home was one of those. West Ham United and Stoke City were other important games for us at Craven Cottage.

“Those were games that we were put under pressure to win – and we did. The boys really delivered, and those were the games that stood out for me. Of course, you’d also throw the win at White Hart Lane in there too, with Dimitar [Berbatov] on target in a 1-0 win.”