Fulham boss hints departures are likely in January

Fulham boss Marco Silva has hinted that some of the club’s young players could move on in January.

Tyrese Francois has been stalling over a new deal, while Steven Sessegnon has found himself a long way from a first-team place.

The contracts of both players expire in the summer and their futures could well lie elsewhere.

West London Sport reports that Silva does not want his more experienced fringe players to leave but could be open to letting the younger ones go.

“Some young boys were working with us at the start of the season, but until now have not had that many chances to play,” Silva said.

“If we feel they need to be working then we will maybe take some different decisions in January.”

But the likes of Michael Hector, Alfie Mawson, Josh Onomah and Anthony Knockaert, who have all had limited opportunities this season, are likely to be retained.

Silva is taking no chances as the Whites chase promotion and the Covid-19 situation means he wants to keep his squad intact.

He said: “Unfortunately the Covid situation is back around us again and we are seeing some clubs battling with the situation.

“If you are look back a few weeks ago, we had a number of players out ill when it wasn’t Covid. We were struggling with options as there were six or seven out.

“You look at the situation around the world now, and with some clubs here in England like Tottenham and Leicester, it’s a good example of why you have to be aware and protect yourself as a football club.”