Slavisa Jokanovic
Matt Taylor has been impressed with the way Slavisa Jokanovic has mixed youth with success this season / SkySport

Former Portsmouth midfielder Matt Taylor praised Slavisa Jokanovic’s work in combining youth with success ahead of Fulham’s Championship play-off final against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Ryan Sessegnon, 18, has made more appearances than anyone else at the club this season, while 22-year-old defender Matt Targett and 20-year-old midfielder Sheyi Ojo have both played more than 20 times.

Jokanovic’s Fulham ended the league season with a 3-1 defeat to Birmingham, after a 23-game unbeaten run that almost propelled them into the automatic promotion spots.

Taylor told James News: “Jokanovic has done a very good job with a young group of players.

“He has allowed youth to thrive, whilst being successful and finishing third in the league.

“They’ve been exceptional at times, easy on the eye, and they play expansive football.”

Taylor feels promotion for Fulham is crucial if they are to retain some of their best players, especially Sessegnon, who has scored 16 goals from the left flank this season.

He said: “I love the fact that Sessegnon plays with no fear.

“At the moment he has only had success in his career, he knows nothing else.

“It would be tough to hold onto him if Fulham lose on Saturday.

“Will the owner continue to put the same sums of money into the club if they don’t make it into the Premier League?”

Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie agreed that Fulslam’s style of play has been up there with the best in the league this season.

He said: “Fulham and Wolves are streets ahead of the rest in terms of the way they play.

“They’re very good going forward and in Sessegnon they have a young talent who gets in great areas.

“His energy and where he arrives in the box is excellent.”