Dutchman Terence Kongolo is going back to the Premier League, permanently this time around. He will return to Fulham and hopes to finalize the deal this week.
Kongolo’s career certainly swerved off the path from his high expectations following a 2014 World Cup appearance for the Netherlands aged just 20. Bouncing around after leaving first and longtime club Feyenoord in his home nation, Kongolo finds himself playing top-flight football once again.
Following a loan spell with Fulham last season in the Championship, Kongolo made the deal permanent on Oct. 14th. As a surprising result, Fulham was promoted and now find themselves in the Premier League.
Despite the success of last season, the situation at Craven Cottage already looks dire. Currently sitting dead last in the table and without a win or draw in the first four matches, the club seems destined to return to the second tier.
Across these four matches, the defense has conceded a staggering 11 goals. Kongolo’s signing is an attempt at fixing the patchy defense that led to the club’s last relegation two seasons ago. In the 2018-2019 campaign, Fulham conceded a league-high 81 goals in just 38 games. That’s over two goals per game.
The arrival of Kongolo marks a new beginning for the defender, who’s been largely unknown after making a big-money switch to Ligue 1 champions Monaco in 2017. Following a disastrous season where he made just three total appearances, Monaco offloaded him to Huddersfield.
Although most Fulham fans probably hope for the best, some are already doubting his abilities.
With Fulham, Kongolo has the chance to revitalize his career. After all, he is only 26 and is yet to enter the stage when most players peak.