‘Fulham must invest to survive in Premier League’

02 June, 2018, 03:42 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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In the opening stages this weekend, Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon played a delightful through ball for Tom Cairney, who was perfectly placed to receive it to slot past an onrushing Sam Johnstone on 23 minutes.

We saw in this past Premier League season that keeping a Championship core can bring you a successful season.

What a talent this young man is.

Both have attracted interest from Premier League sides but Scotland global Cairney, who scored the victor at Wembley, has made a decision to stay with the Cottagers, while 18-year-old Sessegnon has previously stated his desire to play for the Whites in the top flight.

Grealish, who is now 22, was in impressive form throughout the season, making 34 appearances in all competitions and scoring three goals.

And now, Sessegnon will be playing Premier League football come August, with Fulham fans undoubtedly hoping it will be with them. The late moments game Fulham a chance to waste time and with it, the Londoners were back in the Premier League thanks to a strong, solid performance.

"It was so unfortunate but I am so relieved", the 30-year-old Belgian told BBC Radio London.

"We'd love to have given him the platform of the Premier League and we haven't, but he's playing regular football week in and week out".

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Chelsea legend John Terry featured for 90 minutes in Villa's colours but could not inspire them to a EPL return. So with Villa staying in the Championship for at least one more season, Terry will be saved the added hate for now. Is this game pivotal to Villa's future?

The decisive blow came midway through the first half as Fulham offered a glimpse of the football that has earned so many plaudits this term, with 18-year-old Ryan Sessegnon superbly threading through Cairney to fire home.

Villa also had a penalty appeal turned down but Grealish was lucky to escape a red card with a reckless tackle on Cairney.

If there was ever a game to completely sum up Grealish, both the promising and the bad, the play-off final would be it.

The forward is now on loan from Bournemouth has hit 20 goals this season between his time at Villa Park and Sunderland.

Tottenham have not won a trophy in Pochettino's four years in charge, but Spurs have a third successive Champions League campaign to look forward to next season as they prepare to move into their new 62,000-capacity stadium.

Grabban managed just one shot on goal at Wembley, with it being blocked nearly as soon as it left his foot.

Kamara's miss was amended for nearly immediately as a minute later, the Fulham skipped had sent half of Wembley into raptures as he gave the west London side the lead. It might have raised a few eyebrows when Kamara, who had almost won a penalty out of his counter-attacking qualities, was taken off, but holding midfielder Oliver Norwood made some vital challenges and one or two cynical fouls when needed.

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