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by Kieran Lawler
Fulham coach Marco Silva appears to be actively seeking a loan exit for Terence Kongolo, according to a report.
The Dutch defender came along Fulham from Huddersfield in the 2020/21 season. But he has not been seen under new manager Marco Silva. Now the Cottagers boss sees lending Kongolo as a ‘very good solution’, according to Football League World.
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The former Monaco defender suffered a knee injury in the back of the 2020/21 season that required surgery. His lack of fitness due to the knee injury has persisted Congo out of all match day squads this season.
Silva wants to keep co-defenders Alfie Mawson and Michael Hector. This means that his chances of breaking into the first team are extremely small.
Fulham’s manager spoke about the 27-year-old’s lack of playing time this season and his desire to find a loan.
Talking to Athletics, he said, “Yor have not seen Terence because he was not in the condition, that’s the most important thing.
“One thing is to train, the other is to be able to compete at a high level, with high intensity.
“Kongolo, was and still is not in this state. He needs to play more. He needs to play games.
“A loan option would be a very good solution for him because he is a player who we believe has the quality and needs to play more matches and go somewhere where he can play.”
Congolese’s current contract with the Cottagers runs until 2024. So while a permanent move is not entirely impossible, he looks set to find a club on loan in January.
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Knockaert could be the next to go
Fulham are reportedly ready to hear offers on Anthony Knockaert.
The former Brighton and Hove Albion man has struggled for playing time under Marco Silva. He has only played 21 minutes of championship football this season and he was left out of Fulham’s FA Cup squad when they met Bristol City last weekend.
Knockaert spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest and he does not appear to be part of the long-term plans at Craven Cottage.
Silva admitted he will be monitoring a few exits in January, saying: “We have a big, big squad, and there is a possibility that some players will leave the football club, even in a Covid situation where we have many matches in a row. “
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