Scott Parker not confident of signing to support ‘immense’ Bobby Decordova-Reid

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Fulham manager Scott Parker hailed “unbelievable” Bobby Decordova-Reid but admitted the club do need another striker to boost their bid for top-flight survival.

The Cottagers currently sit third from bottom in the table and five points from safety, but have scored just 15 goals all season, with only Burnley and Sheffield United having netted fewer.

Decordova-Reid is currently Fulham’s top goalscorer with four league goals to his name in 17 appearances and the manager insisted there is more to come from the 27-year-old.

“Bobby’s been immense. He’s been fantastic really,” Parker said.

“When he came into the football club last year it was a main driver for me in terms of getting him in.

“Everything you see with Bobby on the football pitch and the way he conducts himself on it and around it is nothing short of superb really, an unbelievable professional and he deserves to be where he is.

“I’m pleased he’s taken to the Premier League the way he has. Scoring goals, he’s got a great knack of getting himself into positions and looking for a goal.

“He’s been pivotal for us and our success so far this year and the turnaround and there’s still loads more to come from him.”

The Cottagers have failed to find the net on nine occasions this season.

Fulham have just one recognised striker at the club, Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has struggled in front of goal, but Parker said he was not confident of bolstering his forward line in the transfer window.

“We all understand where we may need help with the squad, but whether that happens I’m not confident,” the Fulham boss said.

“I think we need that in that area because we’re light in numbers. We have one recognised striker at our football club in Aleks and he’s been fantastic for us. (Ivan) Cavaleiro has been playing as a nine for us as well and has done remarkably well.

“I feel for competition to help the team evolve in this division, it is an area we need to look at. At the same time I also understand how difficult it is in this present time.”

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