Clint Dempsey in happier times. Oh…
All this “we must have four new players” type demand people are on about. Is it really so desperate?
If you go to the club’s squad page and have a look, there’s not really all that much to worry about.
The defence is still pretty stacked.
The midfield is okay. Sidwell and Diarra can run a team. Duff is very good. Kasami, Frei and Kaka are not a waste of space, just as they are not seasoned pros. Between them they can hold down one position for a season. Clint Dempsey is still a Fulham player. Riise can play wide left. Reither is also a holding midfielder, right?
Up front we have Petric, Ruiz, Rodallega and Trotta. We need another body here I suspect, if only to cover for fatigue and to give Jol some flexibility.
This is partly why I used to defend the Greenings and the Etuhus of the world – there is value in being average, and it’s harder than we think to find good players who don’t demand to be first teamers at a team like Fulham. People groaned at them but if they were still here those same people might be a bit more relaxed (probably not though).
As it stands we’ve trimmed the wage bill enormously, brought in some good transfer money, and have the shoots of some good young talent coming through. We can’t deny that losing Dempsey now (and Hangeland and Schwarzer next summer) would be another blow, but it still feels as if we’re a better team than the panicking masses believe.
So go on then – who would you sign? I wanted Dimitar Berbatov, whose partnership with Ruiz would’ve been the single funnest thing ever to happen in the league, but it seems he’s going elsewhere now. Failing that, even the much maligned Carlton Cole would be an almost perfect fit for what we’re lacking. Find us another midfielder or two – Jenas would work – and we’re not far off, are we?