Fulham’s season promises to be exciting
Last season, Fulham scored 50 goals on their way to 12th place in the Barclays Premier League table. Only eight teams scored more than the London club. They also conceded 60 goals over the course of the season; the same number as relegated Queens Park Rangers. In fact, only four teams had leakier defences than the Craven Cottage side.
August 16th, 2013
Despite a previous reputation for being a defensively well-organised side, Martin Jol’s side abandoned that idea in 2012/13 in favour of producing goals at both ends. There was a recklessness in Fulham’s play that saw them bombing forward in search of goals.
As 2013/14 kicks off the feeling may just be that that will continue for the season, especially with the arrival of Adel Taarabt. The signings of Fernando Amorebieta and Maarten Stekelenburg as well as a permanent deal for Sascha Riether have strengthened the Fulham defence, but with Taarabt joining on loan, Martin Jol can potentially field an attacking line that combines Adel with Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz.
The Lilywhites shouldn’t have any problems with facing relegation. The team and club have enough experience in the Premier League to ensure that doesn’t happen, even if there is a new owner at the helm. After that, it appears that Martin Jol wants to have as much fun as possible.
Surely that is the only explanation of adding the Moroccan to the squad when it already boasts two of the division’s most creative players. Berbatov showed last season that he is a still capable of lighting up the Premier League after struggling for game time at Manchester United. He finished with 15 goals to his name; a figure he has only beaten once (2010/11) since he arrived in the English game.
No Fulham player assisted more Premier League goals than Ruiz last season (seven). The Chilean has vision and ability to potentially rival Berbatov, so adding in Adel Taarabt should just add to the excitement.
The prospect of Ruiz, Berbatov and Taarabt playing in tandem across Fuham’s front line won’t be great reading for Fulham fans expecting the club to kick on. They aren’t the hardest workers and the club won’t benefit if the team is assuming they will do the defending at the top of the pitch.
However, those fans expecting goals should be happy with the fruits of the season. The trio of players have some of the best close control in the league, can all play devilishly difficult passes and score the odd spectacular goal. If nothing else, fans will enjoy every trip to the Cottage this season.