Ranieri desperate for a ‘leader’ to rescue ailing Fulham

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first_imgThe London club lie second from bottom, four points adrift of safety, despite having spent more than £100 million ($127 million) in the close season.Chelsea’s veteran former England central defender Gary Cahill has been mentioned as a potential new arrival.The 33-year-old — who has made only seven appearances this season with just one of those in the Premier League — would provide the leadership Ranieri desires as well as vital experience for the division’s leakiest defence.“I think we have to sign somebody to survive,” said Ranieri. “We have a very good team, but without experience.“We need somebody who has experience, a leader, with good character, that’s his personality, then we can improve our team.“I need somebody who can help us; I need somebody.”Ranieri, who guided Leicester to their remarkable Premier League title win in 2016 before being fired a few months into the following season, faces a potentially crucial relegation showdown with fifth-from-bottom Burnley on Saturday.He is not concerned that the players’ morale has been dented going into the match despite the shock defeat by fourth-tier Oldham in the FA Cup last weekend.“I’m positive because I believe in this team and this club,” said Ranieri. “But also Burnley think, ‘if we kill Fulham we go up’.“And for this reason, I think it’s a very, very crucial match. Believe me, at the moment I never look at the table.“Because I know where we are, staying under water and I want to go up.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ranieri says that Fulham need a player with leadership qualities © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 10 – Claudio Ranieri says Premier League strugglers Fulham need to sign a “leader” if they are to avoid an immediate return to the second-tier Championship.The 67-year-old Italian has not engendered a major revival in Fulham’s fortunes since he replaced the sacked Slavisa Jokanovic in November.last_img

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