I’d turned the telly off and gone to bed last night, so I had no idea about our last minute transfers! I woke up this morning and saw it on Instagram, which was a great start to my day as I was over the moon about it. My honest opinion was that, because we were on such a good run, the board might have taken the approach that we didn’t need new players. But fair play to everyone involved, to get two quality signings in on the last day is superb work. This window we’ve strengthened with a right-back, a left-back and a top striker, whilst also keeping Tom Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon, so overall it’s been a very productive window and I’ve been very pleased with our business.
Aleksandar Mitrović was the last one through the door, and he’ll give us a real presence in both boxes. Aerially he’s very good, he’s strong, big. His main job will be to hit the back of the net and hopefully he can hit the ground running. I think the fans will definitely be happy with Mitrović, and if he puts himself about, works hard and scores goals then he can quickly become a crowd favourite. He’s already got a connection with the gaffer so hopefully Slaviša can get the best out of him. Mitrović is a Premier League player, and he’s looked at us and seen an opportunity to join a side who play an attractive standard of football.
I was pleasantly surprised with the arrival of Cyrus Christie. That gives the manager another string to his bow. Ryan Fredericks has been in great form this season, but both he and Christie can play further forward if need be, so that gives us another option. If those two are both playing on our right flank, imagine the pace we’d have going forward. Christie is a very, very good player, an Irish international who knows the division well. I’ve seen him many times over the years and he’s quick, aggressive and good on the ball, so he’s an ideal signing for us.
We had a perfect January with regards to our league form, and I think I’m probably like any other Fulham fan in terms of getting carried away with the table and how close we are to the automatic places. The players, though, have just got to concentrate on the next game, and that’s Nottingham Forest at home. They’ve proved recently that on their day they can beat the likes of Arsenal and Wolves, but on the whole they’ve not had a great season. Our home form is spectacular at the moment, winning the last five, so it’s one we can look forward to. We’ve got the momentum now so let’s carry it on. Forest signed a lot of players on deadline day, including Jack Colback who I really like, but they won’t have had a lot of time to gel. It will be nice to see Ashkan Dejagah back at the Cottage, but hopefully he doesn’t score one of his trademark screamers!
Last time out we claimed a gritty 3-1 win at Oakwell. The red card changed the game in our favour but you’ve still got to score the goals. It was nice for Kevin McDonald to get on the scoresheet; he doesn’t get many, but he bundled in what was a very, very important strike. And the goal scoring machine Ryan Sessegnon was doing his thing again, too, to cap what’s been a fine month for him. It’s a tough place to go, Barnsley, as they’ve got a young energetic side full of enthusiasm, so it was a great result.