On Thursday 2nd August 2018, Fulham announced the capture of Alfie Mawson from Swansea City for an undisclosed fee.
The centre-back signed a four-year deal, tying him to Fulham until at least the summer of 2022.
Born just 15 miles away from Craven Cottage in Hillingdon, Mawson came through the ranks at Brentford, making his professional debut as a 19-year-old in the League Cup.
He took in brief loan spells at Luton Town and Welling United, and had his first full season of senior football in 2014/15, scoring seven times in 51 appearances as Wycombe Wanderers reached the League Two Play-Off Final where they were beaten by Southend United on penalties.
His efforts that year were duly rewarded, winning the club’s Player of the Season award.
Mawson was playing in League One the following term, with his performances for Wycombe attracting the attention of Barnsley.
In his one full season at Oakwell, Mawson again demonstrated his knack for goals, bagging seven in a campaign that saw him make a further two Wembley appearances.
They were far more fruitful this time, though, as Mawson helped the Tykes win both the League One Play-Off Final, and the Football League trophy.
Four matches into the 2016/17 Championship season – in which time he had already scored two more goals – Mawson moved to the Premier League when Swansea swooped for his services.
He quickly established himself at the heart of the Swans’ defence, scoring four times in 27 appearances as they comfortably avoided relegation.
That form saw him rewarded on an international level as he was called up by England for the Under-21 European Championship, scoring once and playing every minute as the Three Lions reached the Semi-Final stage, where they were beaten by Germany on penalties.
Mawson played 44 more times for Swansea in 2017/18 and scored three goals, including the winner against Liverpool, and his consistency saw him named in Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad for the first time in March.
|Minutes per goal||-|
|Shooting Accuracy (On Target / Off Target)||0 / 2|
|» Short (Successful)||283|
|» Long (Successful)||23|
|» Inside Box||2|
|» Ground Duels (Won)||5|
|» Aerial Duels (Won)||15|
|Fouls (Committed / Suffered)||4 / 3|