Jokanovic challenges fringe players to be ready

last updated Thursday 14th December 2017, 7:59 PM


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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has challenged the fringe players in his Fulham squad to be ready to take their chance of first team action as the side enter the busy Christmas period.

The Cottagers face seven games in the next month, starting with a trip to the Stadium of Light on Saturday to take on struggling Sunderland, in a period which will see Jokanovic have to use his squad in order to keep things fresh.

That means there may be chances for the squad players who have found playing time restricted so far this season, including the likes of Yohan Mollo, Jordan Graham, Marcelo Djalo, Ibrahima Cisse and Rafa Soares to name but a few.

It's been a pretty steady 11 that the head coach has put out in recent weeks as Fulham have gone from no win in six to just one loss in their past five, but Jokanovic has challenged his entire squad to be ready to take their chances during the chaotic Christmas period.

He said: "We are going step by step and are going to see how we will manage this situation.

"At the moment it's still quite quiet where we've had a seven day period between the two games, but we know at the end of December and beginning of January it's a very tough schedule with many tough games.

"At the end, I am working with 20 odd players and I can only start with 11, and the other players that aren't starting one game must be available because we will arrive immediately at the next game.

"We must be professional in this business where we are, and where sometimes you have somebody waiting for the chance, one week, one month, half year, one year or two years but the players know this profession never stops and they must push harder and harder to fight for the space in the team.

"It's natural, I can play with same names in this schedule which is so busy, this is the same time where we must be professional, push hard and be ready for when they have the chance."





















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