Ryan Sessegnon and January arrivals keep Fulham’s dream alive | Ben Fisher

by Theguardian

Football
With the teenager likened to Gareth Bale thriving, off-field tensions easing and recent signings bolstering the squad, Fulham have a Premier League return in their sights

It is seldom dull at Fulham, a club who have shown a habit of making life difficult over the past couple of seasons, treading a rickety yet scenic route instead of any plain sailing. They play bold and full-throttle football, though, with a punchy intensity and goals are not a problem – only Wolves have scored more in the Championship. And the beauty of Slavisa Jokanovic’s slow-burning, swaggering side – unbeaten in nine league matches – is that the fruits of such progress are ripening.

The litmus test is on the horizon. In the space of three weeks they face six of the current top eight, all of whom have to be considered promotion rivals, starting with Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Fulham needed a barnstorming run to reach the play-offs last season and this time, after huffing and puffing through autumn, they are fifth after finding their groove.

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