T:Ream – Things can only get better

Sorry.  It was that obvious.  I couldn’t not.

Tim Ream joins, and re-establishes Fulham’s link with American players, and let’s face it, it’s been a fruitful link.

Hurray.  He’s been supporters’ player of the year twice and plays for America.  He looks like a CB, and is 6’1′, but people understandably want him to be a left-back.  But I think really he isn’t.

Meanwhile, in the manager’s press conference, Kit Symons says that he can’t quite work out how we haven’t earned more points.  That would be a function of being outplayed in three games, relying on flukes and worldies for our own goals, and generally not being able to defend for opponents’.  Yes, we could very easily have shambled our way to at least 7 points by now, but that would be papering over cracks that probably need to remain exposed lest some kind of Crystal Palace/Kasami effect happen for a second time.

7 thoughts on “T:Ream – Things can only get better

  1. Very disappointed in Kit either blaming the players or not taking responsibility for the team’s late concentration lapses. Sounds like a person in over their head.

  2. I don’t think Ream is really a left back either, but that being said, he played 25 league matches there for Bolton last season, so it’s not like we’d just be saying “hey, you have a left foot, want to play left back?” And until Garbutt is back, if our choices are Ream or Voser, seems like Ream is the better option, no? (As you noted, Voder isn’t really a left back either.)

  3. kits days are numbered, he must know this. only results will buy him more. but as you said he can only paper over his cracks eventually the house will crumble, another season wasted.

  4. Rich, It’s wonderful to read your writing again this season. Maybe it’s just because I’m American, but Fulham seems like the perfect match for Bob Bradley right now. There had been some chat about him back in 2013, but now seems perfect. He’s currently working miracles in Norway, where he took a team slated for relegation and has them in 2nd, but he’s out of contract at the end of the season. He’s the closest thing to Roy that could exist. See: http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2015/07/01/why-former-usa-boss-bob-bradley-would-be-the-perfect-manager-for/.

    Fulham might need an American, but it’s not Ream.

    1. I’ve been secretly hoping for Bob Bradley at Fulham since mid-way through the relegation year. It went so far that when the Men in Blazers (English expats who do football coverage for NBC, previously at ESPN) held a contest to write a football-themed Christmas carol, I condensed my dreams of a Fulhamerica takeover into the following:

      (To the tune of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”)

      Relax ye nervous Fulham fans,
      Let nothing you dismay!
      Remember Martin Jol is surely
      sacked by Christmas day!
      To save us all for relegation,
      we must hope and pray
      for Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and Kyle Be-e-ckerman
      for Bradley, Dempsey, and Be-e-e-ckerman.

      It’s known that Fulham’s midfield
      doesn’t play with too much flair.
      But Sidwell and Scott Parker
      are just not a useful pair.
      Although they both tuck in their shirts
      and both have decent hair
      we need Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and Kyle Be-e-ckerman
      need Bradley, Dempsey, and Be-e-e-ckerman.

      We’ve nearly reached the halfway point
      so let’s see where things stand:
      The bottom may be falling out
      the end looks near at hand!
      But I promise in the spring
      we won’t go down like Sunderland.
      Not with Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and Kyle Be-e-ckerman
      with Bradley, Dempsey, and Be-e-e-ckerman.

      1. (I wrote this in November of 2013. Incidentally, the scenario I was imagining was that Dempsey (who had been in Seattle for 6 months) and Beckerman would come in on loan during the MLS offseason. It also shows my very belief that Sunderland were going down, which I am flabbergasted hasn’t happened yet. THIS IS THE YEAR.)

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