Ahead of Saturday's clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage, we speak to Chris, who amongst other things writes for Fulham website HammyEnd.com. He gives his views on the game, Martin Jol, Zoltan Gera and much more. You can also find Chris on Twitter at @ChrisGilbertson

You’ve had a mixed start to the new season, how have performances been?

On the whole pretty poor. We won at Sunderland on the opening day thanks largely to their ineffectiveness up front than any tactical mastery on our part. We laboured to a win on penalties at League 2 Burton in the league cup and put in toothless performances versus Arsenal and Newcastle.

Are you happy with how the club’s transfer dealings went during the summer?

Not especially. While certain individuals signed are good players, we failed to address gaping holes in the squad left after last summer’s losses of Murphy, Dempsey and Dembele. We have nobody who can pass from central midfield and left back remains a problem. Fans are excited about Maarten Stekelenburg and Fernando Amorebieta, but the rest of our business was all very short term, with older players (Parker, Boateng) and loans (Bent, Taarabt) used when other teams around us were spending on players in their prime. Hopefully new owner Shahid Khan will open his chequebook in January.

You finished 12th last season, were the fans satisfied?

Yes and no. I think everyone was glad when the season finished. Had Norwich not got points at Man City on the final day we would have finished 11th, but we were not mathematically safe until the penultimate day.

Any low point of last season, a match or moment you would rather forget?

The 1-3 loss at home to Sunderland in November. Brede Hangeland was somewhat harshly sent off and Bryan Ruiz and Alex Kacaniklic both got injured. Our season went downhill from there.

Hero of last season?

Sascha Riether. Came from nowhere to be our best right back since Steve Finnan.

Villain of last season?

Clint Dempsey. The manner in which he carried himself and the way in which he dragged out his departure put us in a downward spiral from August deadline day. Steve Sidwell’s back to back red cards at the end of the season and Hugo Rodallega’s general play deserve honourable mentions.

Happy with Martin Jol? Anything he needs to do better?

No. Fulham led the Premier League in long balls last season. Tactically we’ve been all at sea for nearly a year and everything seems to go by the mantra “give it to Berbatov and hope for the best”.

Most amusing ‘terrace chant’ heard last season?

“We’re on the p*ss with Karagounis”

You signed former Albion loanee Kieran Richardson last season, How’s he done?

Claimed the starting left back slot but has unfortunately spent too much time on the treatment table.

Thoughts on Zoltan Gera?

An absolute Fulham legend. Scored the goal that got us to the Europa League Final in 2010. I’ve never forgiven Mark Hughes for releasing him.

Player to watch this season?

Dimitar Berbatov. Like it or not, how good Fulham will be depends on Berbatov being motivated and in tune with his teammates. How he gels with Taarabt, Bryan, Bent and Dejagah will be the key to our season.

Prediction for Fulham’s season?

Lower mid table.

Prediction for Albion’s season?

Seem a good side but you seem to have played centre forward bingo in an attempt to replace Lukaku. Mid-table seems a reasonable expectation.

Premier League Champions?



Palace, Hull and Sunderland.

Prediction for Saturday’s game?

2-1 (despite my above negativity I live in hope that our home form will return)



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