Parker must unleash “first-class” Fulham beast to exploit Leicester weakness on Monday – opinion
Fulham face a tough game away at Leicester City on Monday night but they can give themselves a good chance by exploiting a weakness in the Foxes’ defence.
Brendan Rodgers’ side shipped three goals at Anfield in their last league fixture, with all three goals coming from crosses into the box, including two from corners.
They also conceded three times in their midweek Europa League tie against Braga and although they secured a point with a late Jamie Vardy equaliser, it seems clear that their defence is vulnerable at the moment.
In order to best exploit Leicester’s current weakness from crosses, Parker must start Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The 26-year-old was benched for the Cottagers’ 3-2 defeat against Everton in their last Premier League fixture but has shown himself to be a goal threat at times this season, having contributed two goals and two assists in nine top-flight appearances (per WhoScored).
WhoScored describes one of the former Newcastle United man’s strengths as headed attempts, so he could be a threat against Leicester’s depleted defence should his teammates be able to get quality crosses into the box on Monday evening.
The foxes have Ricardo Pereira and Caglar Soyuncu, who were both so impressive last season, currently missing from their backline due to injury and perhaps Mitrovic can be the man to take advantage at the King Power Stadium.
The striker’s best performance of the campaign thus far was arguably in the 2-0 win against West Brom, when he provided two assists and earned an impressive match rating of 7.55. Following that game, Parker was full of praise for his forward, saying:
“I think Mitro would be the first to say he’s very disappointed with his performance (against Sheffield United). It can happen to anyone, but he probably put a lot on himself, which you often find that a lot of players do.
“Since then there’s been a real credit and a real drive in him. I think he’s been at the forefront of everything and I think you see that definitely on Monday night.
“A player who was relentless in his work ethic, his all-round play for the team was very good and he comes away with two assists, which was very pleasing as well.
“He’s been first class and needs to maintain those levels, which I’m sure he will, and keep helping us in this division.” (per Evening Express)
The English manager will therefore be hoping for a similar display from Mitrovic on Monday, where his aerial threat could well prove to be the difference against the Leicester defence.
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