LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 26:  Kevin McDonald of Fulham and Tom Cairney of Fulham lift the trophy following their sides victory in the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and  Fulham at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Analysing Fulham's Summer Transfer Needs Ahead of Premier League Return in 2018/19

After clinching promotion via a ​1-0 playoff final win over ​Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon, ​Fulham must now begin preparations on how they will retain their top-flight status next season. 

Boss Slavisa Jokanovic issued a frank statement to the club's owners during the aftermath of their victory, stating: "We must show ambition to be a Premier League team, show ambition with money too."

So ahead of an exciting summer for the west Londoners, let's take a look at which areas of the pitch the Cottagers must strengthen if they are to replicate or even better the feats of the trio of promoted sides this year.

1. Goalkeeping

Although a mainstay in the side throughout the second half of the season, and the club since his youth days, Marcus Bettinelli could find himself in a number two position next term. 

While 12 clean sheets in England's second tier is certainly impressive, particularly while featuring only 24 times, Jokanovic must seek Premier League experience over the summer if his side are to escape the drop next year. 

Meanwhile, David Button will either have to work his way back up Fulham's pecking order or seek playtime elsewhere.

2. Defence

Attempting to secure Tomas Kalas on a permanent deal after the 25-year-old returns to parent club ​Chelsea would be a smart move - particularly if the costs can remain low - and the same could be said with ​Southampton's Matt Targett. 

Despite his play-off semi-final heroics, Denis Odoi reaching 30 may cause concern for Jokanovic, while Tim Ream, as well as the likes of Cyrus Christie and Ryan Fredericks, can be utilised as solid squad players.

3. Midfield

Keeping hold of Wembley goalscoring hero Tom Cairney will be a priority, with the 27-year-old attracting a substantial amount of interest over the past 12 months, although being able to offer top-flight football should be more than enough to quash any danger of losing the creator. 

However, yet another Chelsea loanee who could be worth enquiring over is winger Lucas Piazon, who has been an influential figure in the Cottagers' squad during his two years at the club. 

Despite not making as many appearances this term as his inaugural campaign in west London, Floyd Ayite has shown he has the quality to take to life in the Premier League; however, the middle of the park could be a significant focal point for Jokanovic over the coming months. 

4. Attack

Of course, arguably the most crucial task for the Fulham hierarchy is retaining the services of Ryan Sessegnon during the transfer window, with the 18-year-old ace held in high regard by a number of top-six sides.

However, on a broader scale, depending on ​Newcastle United's demands, Aleksandar Mitrovic would be a valuable asset if a move can be agreed, although, on previous experience, the Serb has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League. 

Since Aboubakar Kamara joined the club, there has been a visible improvement in the 23-year-old's performances, and as was shown during the play-off final, his ability to stretch the opposing defence and afford his side a breather while under the cosh could be invaluable next season.