Fulham linked with 25-year-old Ligue 1 forward: Why Ranieri needs to sign him

A report by Daily Mail has claimed that Fulham are keen to bring Marseille attacker Clinton N’Jie to the Craven Cottage this month.

Apart from the Cottagers, Burnley, Cardiff City and Newcastle United are also keeping close tabs on N’Jie and therefore, Fulham are expected to face stiff competition in their interest to make him sign on the dotted line.

Clinton N’Jie: Player Profile

N’Jie emerged through the youth system of Lyon and after representing their senior side for more than a couple of years, he moved to the ranks of Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2015. However, he found opportunities hard to come by under Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs.

Eventually, he was shipped out on loan to Marseille in 2016 and after a year, the French outfit exercised the option to buy him. The versatile attacker enjoyed two productive seasons with the Olympians but the situation has changed for him this season.

So far this campaign, the 25-year-old has managed to muster just 2 starts in Ligue 1. Marseille have a plethora of attacking stars in their arsenal, including Dimitri Payet, Florian Thauvin, Kostas Mitroglou and Lucas Ocampos. Looking at this lineup, it does not come as a surprise that he might be available on loan.

The Cameroon international was close to joining Sporting CP on loan last summer but the move failed to materialise after the clubs failed to agree on terms. He must be keen to get regular game time under his belt and an exit seems to be on the cards.

Why Fulham need to sign him

The axe of relegation is hovering over Fulham with the club placed 19th in the league table with just 14 points after 21 Premier League outings. Claudio Ranieri desperately needs to bring in reinforcements this month in order to attempt to save the blushes of his side at the end of the season.

N’Jie could be a productive signing for them in the current scenario as the London based side have fizzled out in attack as well after a bright start in that aspect of the game.

He is capable of operating as a striker as well as a winger and thanks to his pace, he could be an asset keeping in mind Fulham’s need to operate on the break with teams mostly dominating them in terms of possession.

He is a clinical attacker who knows exactly where the goal is and is also an excellent dribbler of the ball. His previous unsuccessful spell might play on the minds of all involved but he has improved on a lot of aspects and has a much better understanding of the game.

But his work-ethic will have to be top notch in the event he is signed by Fulham, as a relegation scrap will require all that the players can offer and a bit more when things go down to the wire.

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