It’s all about Dempsey
Speculation surrounding Dempsey has been a constant part of Fulham’s summer and arguably been a headache for manager Martin Jol since the end of April.
August 18th, 2012
Of Fulham’s top six scorers in all competitions from last season, only two remain. That could be as little as one by the time the 2012 summer transfer window shuts at the end of this month. As has been the story since the season ended, all of the talk around the Craven Cottage club is about the future of Clint Dempsey.
Andy Johnson, scorer of 11 goals, is now at Queens Park Rangers alongside Bobby Zamora, who scored seven times for Fulham last term before his January move. Danny Murphy, now of Blackburn, and Pavel Pogrebnyak, now a Reading player, both scored six times; leaving Damien Duff (also six) as Dempsey from the leading marksmen.
Speculation surrounding Dempsey has been a constant part of Fulham’s summer and arguably been a headache for manager Martin Jol since the end of April. Uncertainty over last season’s top scorer should also see pressure heaped on to the two new signings a little earlier than they would have liked.
Fulham fans will be keen to see Hugo Rodallega and Mladen Petric find their goal scoring boots in a white shirt as soon as possible. As well as shouldering some of Dempsey’s burden, a strong start from either will help alleviate worries should Clint depart.
Ultimately, Fulham are in for a tedious month. Until September 1st comes and goes, Clint Dempsey will be a wanted man. If he was intending to sign a new deal, something would have been thrashed out by now. One side would have given in to ensure the future was sorted before the football season kicks off. The United States men’s national team player has either got more season at Craven Cottage, or less than a month.
If he does go, Fulham will face a trickier season than they would probably like; but they should be safe from relegation. Having Dempsey in the team will only, ultimately, affect just how comfortably they finish in mid-table.
There is back-up for Clint. The experience of Duff and Simon Davies will ensure everyone keeps their heads. The talents of Moussa Dembele and Bryan Ruiz can fill the creative gap vacated by Dempsey. He was also Fulham’s leading assist maker last term.
The situation around Fulham has been something of a broken record and until September, it’ll be more of the same. Everyone wants to know what is happening with Deuce and where he will be playing his football at the beginning of September.
Regardless Fulham have a solid defence, enough experienced heads in the dressing room and a very capable manager. We’ll be fine. With Dempsey in the side, things could be better than fine.
Written by Ryan Keaney.