Deadline Day

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So, transfer deadline day is finally over and Fulham managed to secure three signings to add to the team. Some quick thoughts on each one:

Dimitar Berbatov

Obviously the star signing of Fulham’s transfer window. The loss of Moussa Dembele upset many but the signing of Berba on a two year contract had most Fulham fans dancing a jig of delight. In just over 6 months Fulham have gone from an attack of Andy Johnson, Pavel Pogrebnyak/Zamora and Orland Sa to Berbatov, Petric and Rodellega. As well as making a £2m profit – sensational business. As for the man himself? He is a proven premier league goalscorer and probably the classiest player in the league. In his opening interview he said he wanted to be happy and to play, so Fulham sounds like the perfect place for him to see out the rest of his days. I personally cannot wait to see him in a Fulham shirt.

Kieran Richardson

The 27 year old joined from Sunderland in a £2m deal on a three year contract with an option. It was his bad luck that this was first announced just after the Dembele news broke but he should prove to be a very solid signing. He can play all over the park, is meant to be a top professional and most Sunderland fans were very sad to see him go. Jol has already hinted that he sees Richardson playing on the left wing, although with the lack of centre midfielders available, don’t be surprised to see him lining up alongside Diarra. Rich always goes on about the importance of good squad players. This appears to be what we have, and possibly more.

Ashkan Dejagah 

A bit of a surprise signing for £2.5m from Wolfsburg, Ashkan looks to be the answer we were looking for with regards to pace and width on the right. He had a very successful season last year with 3 goals and 10 assists in the Bundesliga. I have not seen much of Dejagah, but I am reliably informed by those who follow the German league that he is a good solid right winger with an excellent cross on him and will definitely add to the team.

There will be more on CCN in the coming days about Fulham’s transfers and how the team will be shaping up until Jan.


Alex is in two minds about the successfulness of this transfer window

11 thoughts on “Deadline Day

  1. You would have imagined we could have got a high quality, creative midfield player in on loan, at least to get us to January. A lack of planning and strategy at the club, as there was always a strong possibility we would lose the Dems this summer. I hope we don’t end up cobbling teams together to compensate in midfield, with players (like Ruiz and Kaca) out of their best position. This is all so dissapointing as we seemed to have arrived at a really positive, stable, well balanced position with the team.

  2. Stunned that we weren’t able to sign another central midfielder. Stunned. We let Dembele, Murphy, Etuh and Gecov go and brought in no one to replace them. Why leave it all to the last day?!

    Any freebies going to see us untl January?

  3. We’re in deep trouble. It could take up a few weeks for this team to start playing like a team. Maybe a couple of months. I don’t think we’ve had this much upheaval since Sanchez.

  4. The team was terrible today. Everybody was creeping in towards the middle with no touch, no purpose, and no visible plan. I could see us getting on without Dempsey, but without Dembele we were utterly lost today. We need a cohesive midfield and fast.

    BTW, who ok’d the Dembele move? Was it Jol, the Board, The Chairman. Who’s making these calls now?

    1. As Jol has mentioned in numerous interviews, Dembele had a release clause in his contract that the offer from Spurs triggered. We had no choice but to OK the move unless the player himself decided to turn it down.

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