Stylish Londoners have caught the eye of PNE boss

Alex Neil is a big admirer of Fulham’s attacking style of play but is ready to combat it when Preston visit Craven Cottage on Saturday.

The London outfit play an expansive style under head coach Slavisa Jokanovic, one which got them a play-off place last season.

Fulham's teenage left-back Ryan Sessegnon

Fulham's teenage left-back Ryan Sessegnon

North End boss Neil told the Post: “Their full-backs are really aggressive and play high up the pitch.

“The way they try and build play is the midfielder drops between the two centre-backs and becomes a three.

“The full-backs get really high and wide, with the wide players rotating across the pitch.

“It is difficult to stop but we have faced similar types of teams.

“Sheffield Wednesday do a similar thing and we managed to combat that really well.

“Reading – depending on if they play with a three or a four – play that way.

“Last season, Huddersfield played that way too, so it is not something we are not used to.

“We know what is coming, it is just a case of are you good enough to stop it?

“That is the test awaiting us and I’m looking forward to it.”

One of the full-backs who Neil is referring to is 17-year-old Ryan Sessegnon.

He is regarded as one of the hottest properties in English youth football, with a number of Premier League clubs keen on signing him.

Sessegnon has been with Fulham since he was nine and his twin brother Steven is also in their first-team squad.

The left-back only signed his first pro contract in June, having turned 17.

Fulham have taken their time to get going this season, failing to win the first four league games.

They have since lost just one of the last seven, that defeat coming at Burton Albion.

Jokanovic’s men have won their last two games, beating Nottingham Forest 3-1 and Queens Park Rangers 2-1.

Both games were on the road and their task now will be to find form at home.

The slower start could well be down to a high turnover in the squad in the summer.

Eleven players have come in since last season, five of them permanent signings and six on loan.

Two of the loanees, Sheyi Ojo and Lucas Piazon, are out injured at the moment.

Liverpool winger Ojo is sidelined for two months 
after dislocating his shoulder against QPR.

Piazon, on a season’s loan from Chelsea, fractured his ankle in August.

Fulham cast their net far and wide in the summer, the five permanent signings all made from abroad.

They include ex-Arsenal striker Rui Fonte who joined from Braga in Portugal and French winger Yohan Molla, signed from Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg.

Jokanovic said: “We are a completely new team.

“ We believe when we start working all together and push each other that all the 
players can be better than they 
actually are right now.

“We need to compete well in training to be ready to compete during the competition.”