In the week when Fulham supremo Shahid Khan revealed that the club would be removing the statue of Michael Jackson that has been dividing opinions outside Craven Cottage since 2011 and giving it back to Mohamed Al Fayed we look at other items the west London rivals might like to see returned to their previous owners.
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The fact that Liverpool spent £35m on Andy Carroll yet still have cause to smirk over the January 2011 transfer madness that brought Torres to Chelsea says it all.
As long as owner’s pet El Nino is hanging around with a face like a smacked bottom a much-needed wholesale reconstruction of the Stamford Bridge strikers hierarchy is unlikely.
Martin Jol’s thoughts on Cottagers fan-disgruntlement
Chants of “Jol out!” greeted the denouement of Fulham’s draw with West Brom last time out as the Dutchman’s charges avoided victory for the tenth time in their last 12 league games.
The self-assured Jol expressed his disappointment with the terrace critique in his post-match interview, but has since admitted to regretting his outburst, suggesting the fans were entitled to express themselves.
The beautiful young eggs that cracked
Six years after Jose Mourinho bemoaned his inability to get to Waitrose for the finest eggs in an extended transfer metaphor, he was talking of the “beautiful young eggs” that made up his new Blues side before they took on Basel.
After his young team singularly failed to hatch his best laid plans against the Swiss champions, the Special One may wish he could head back to the supermarket and exchange them for another batch.
At least Cottagers fans knew their side was skint in the later years of the Egyptian entrepreneur’s stewardship of the club, so there was no need to hope and dream of exotic and expensive new signings.
New owner Khan – otherwise known as the 491st richest man on the planet – took over in the summer, but only six permanent signings replaced the 12 squad members that departed the club and creaky-limbed greaser Scott Parker was the most expensive addition to the outfield playing staff.
Did the Blues really have to nick their neighbours’ veteran shot-stopper just to let him warm their bench?
With Maarten Stekelenburg injured, Fulham would dearly love to have held on to the man who saved the second most shots of any Premier League custodian last season.