Fulham are looking to bring Folarin Balogun in on loan next season, when they hope to be playing Premier League football.

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Folarin Balogun of Middlesbrough during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Middlesbrough v Chelsea at Riverside Stadium on March 19, 2022 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND: Folarin Balogun of Middlesbrough during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Middlesbrough v Chelsea at Riverside Stadium on March 19, 2022. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

The Daily Mail report that Fulham are keen on Folarin Balogun as a potential loan addition for next season, as they look to add depth and competition in forward areas.

Fulham are almost guaranteed promotion to the Premier League with five games left. Six points clear at the top of the table, only two teams can still catch them.

Given their huge goal difference, that would require Fulham to pick up just one point from five matches whilst Nottingham Forest go on a flawless run. It’s probably safe to assume the London club are returning to the top flight.

At that point, they’ll want to do significantly better than on their last promotion, when they finished 18th and went straight back down. Signing Premier League loanees will certainly help.

From an Arsenal perspective, it would be great to get Balogun playing in the top flight as often as possible. If he’s not going to get that chance at the Emirates Stadium in 2022/23, Fulham would be a great alternative.

Folarin Balogun celebrating a goal for Middlesbrough (Photo via Middlesbrough on Instagram)
Folarin Balogun celebrating a goal for Middlesbrough (Photo via Middlesbrough on Instagram)

Balogun is currently playing his football in the Championship, on loan since January. He’s directly contributed to five goals in 808 league minutes, slightly better than one every two 90s.

It’s a solid enough start, especially considering it’s his first spell in senior football (outside of the 209 minutes he played for Arsenal).

The striker will be hoping to push on and really make an impression over the next 12 months or so now.

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