The triumphant comeback of Fulham to the Premier League has captured the interest of both ardent football fans and prominent English clubs. With the upcoming 2023/2024 season on the horizon, the Cottagers are actively seeking to bolster their squad. In particular, manager Marco Silva has identified defensive midfielders as a top priority, to either complement João Palhinha or replace him if he were to depart Motspur Park.
In the midst of their quest for midfield enhancements, Fulham have honed in on Edouard Michut, a gifted young midfielder who was plying his trade in England on loan at Sunderland from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
Guided by Marco Silva, Fulham has had a prosperous season, effortlessly securing their safety in the top-flight, but not only that – they got over their yo-yo status and have shown glimpses of a top technical framework having won 15 out of 37 league games, is a testament to their progress and success. Notably, they have surpassed their local rivals Chelsea, who have invested significantly under their new owner Todd Boehly but are currently ranked lower than Fulham. Silva’s remarkable accomplishments have not escaped the attention of the football world, as whispers have emerged connecting him to Tottenham Hotspur as a possible contender for the managerial position.
With ambitions to build upon their recent successes and bolster their squad, Fulham are said to have identified defensive midfielders as a top priority for the upcoming summer transfer window. They are reportedly considering the acquisition of Mateus Uribe from FC Porto and Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea. Fulham have also set their sights on Jefferson Lerma from Bournemouth.
According to Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas, recent reports indicate that the club have expressed interest in Edouard Michut, who is currently honing his skills with the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light on loan from PSG.
At the tender age of 20, Edouard Michut has already displayed remarkable potential, his loan stint at Sunderland has been nothing short of impressive – amassing 25 appearances in the Championship under his belt. He has displayed commendable defensive prowess, with a significantly elevated tackle rate. Even beyond his loan spell, the Frenchman has managed to attract attention. In fact, GOAL’s NXGN list has bestowed upon him the moniker of the “new Verratti” last year, likening him to the Italian virtuoso Marco Verratti of PSG. Michut has reportedly caught the attention of Barcelona as well which proves a testament to his burgeoning potential and prodigious talent as a young footballer.
Although Michut’s loan spell at Sunderland may imply that he has yet to reach his full potential, it is crucial to take into account his previous promise and the accolades he has garnered. Being labelled as the “new Verratti” is a testament to the immense respect he garnered before his loan transfer. While it may not be an immediate solution for Fulham’s first-team, Michut’s potential makes him a captivating prospect.