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Fulham - Should We Sign Huddlestone and Bale?

Fulham - Should We Sign Huddlestone and Bale?

Rumours concerning Fulham`s purchase of both Tom Huddlestone and Gareth Bale have been intensifying recently in the press. But would they be good signings?

Huddlestone has recently been described by none other than Fabio Capello as one of England`s most promising young players along with Theo Walcott and Joe Hart. However Huddlestone has fallen out of favour with Redknapp at Spurs and now, since their January signing of Wilson Palacios from Wigan, rarely plays. It seems likely that he will leave the club in the summer, but is Fulham the place for him? From what I have seen of him he does look like a very talented player. And with a bit of nurturing from our conveniently experienced and knowledgeable manager, he could turn into one of England`s finest.

Presumably his purchase would be as a replacement for Jimmy Bullard. But this speculation comes days after Dickson Etuhu, who has filled in for Bullard since his departure in January, scored his first Fulham goal in spectacular fashion against Man City at the weekend. Etuhu has received praise for his mature and accomplished displays alongside Danny Murphy. So do we really need Huddlestone? Huddlestone certainly would provide a more creative and attacking option, which is arguably what we need after a season of solid defending but slightly lacking attacking. But I think that all of this must be put back into the context of our scrape with relegation last season and that if we are to remain in the top flight for a considerable time, we must build a team slowly but surely without constantly updating a squad of able players.

Having said all that, I would welcome them him with open arms in the summer, especially as they would bring some youth to a "mature" side. The combination of unerring experience in Danny Murphy alongside spectacular youth in Tom Huddlestone is a mouthwatering one for any football fan.

As for Gareth Bale, a left-sided player would be useful whether he played in defence or midfield. In the 3-3 draw with us last season he looked very promising with a brilliant combination of pace and technical ability. Again, his youth would do know harm to the team. I fear that it would be Paul Konchesky who would face the axe over Clint Dempsey who yet again proved his goal-scoring threat against Man City. Konchesky has been a solid component in our stalwart defence. But despite his spectacular goal against West Ham his former club, he has been shaky on a few of occasions (Uhum...first day of the season...Hull away...90th minute winner...Uhum).

Whether the future holds European brilliance or mid-table mediocrity for us, both players would be a welcome addition to our squad that, with all its relative success this season with the last, has at times lacked attacking impetus and both of these players would certainly bring that.

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Writer:jlcclapham
Date:Tuesday April 14 2009
Time: 1:11PM

Comments

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Bale seems a good prospect and arguably could do a job at left back or left wing. Huddlestone is one im unsure of. He seems to labour around and seems really inconsistent. Doesn't seem to be a Hodgson player in terms of work ethic.
AlexFFC
14/04/2009 13:21:00
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Bale seems a good prospect and arguably could do a job at left back or left wing. Huddlestone is one im unsure of. He seems to labour around and seems really inconsistent. Doesn't seem to be a Hodgson player in terms of work ethic.
AlexFFC
14/04/2009 13:21:00
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In my opinion the pair of them would be amazing additions to our squad. Bale on the left will give us an extra something, and Huddlestone will give us a creative spark, without lacking the defensive knowledge. It will be great to boast that a player of Etuhu's quality was only a backup player!
KBFulham
14/04/2009 13:42:00
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In my opinion the pair of them would be amazing additions to our squad. Bale on the left will give us an extra something, and Huddlestone will give us a creative spark, without lacking the defensive knowledge. It will be great to boast that a player of Etuhu's quality was only a backup player!
KBFulham
14/04/2009 13:42:00
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Both would be strong signings, though of late I've begun to think that we shouldn't tinker too much with a winning set up. Bale would be a solid replacement or cover for Konchesky, though he is more effective in attack than as a defender. Dempsey has done well at left wing, but his primary value is as a scorer and passer, and I think we could find another spot for him if Bale was brought in at left wing. Huddlestone is a different type of player than Etuhu and I think Roy could find a role for both. If we signed both players, then all we'd need is cover at CB and a young forward prospect, and I'd say our summer shopping would be done.
Samboney
14/04/2009 13:44:00
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Both would be strong signings, though of late I've begun to think that we shouldn't tinker too much with a winning set up. Bale would be a solid replacement or cover for Konchesky, though he is more effective in attack than as a defender. Dempsey has done well at left wing, but his primary value is as a scorer and passer, and I think we could find another spot for him if Bale was brought in at left wing. Huddlestone is a different type of player than Etuhu and I think Roy could find a role for both. If we signed both players, then all we'd need is cover at CB and a young forward prospect, and I'd say our summer shopping would be done.
Samboney
14/04/2009 13:44:00
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Both will be good buys for you guys. It is not a exaggeration when i say Huddlestone is the best passer of the ball in the league. His passing range is beyond belief as is his quicknesss to pickout a killer pass. Every time he gets the ball, he makes killer passes. He has a very good technique and a very good shot with both feet. But thats about the only the only things he can do. Poor defensivly, very Slow,does not cover ground,One of the worst tacklers ever, often gets cought in possesion and he can be a liability. But i dont thing Harry will sell him though,he is still a raw talent. Bale on the other hand is a younster who has just fallen in love with londen life too much. He is a terriffic terrific talent witha good left foot and has pace and power to burn and does beat people with ease. But he is just not improving though and he needs a change and will surely be sold as Harry is not a fan. But i dont know if you guys can get him unnless you act quickly. Inter milan were linked with him and jose is a big admirer.
Yid_from_India
14/04/2009 13:49:00
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Both will be good buys for you guys. It is not a exaggeration when i say Huddlestone is the best passer of the ball in the league. His passing range is beyond belief as is his quicknesss to pickout a killer pass. Every time he gets the ball, he makes killer passes. He has a very good technique and a very good shot with both feet. But thats about the only the only things he can do. Poor defensivly, very Slow,does not cover ground,One of the worst tacklers ever, often gets cought in possesion and he can be a liability. But i dont thing Harry will sell him though,he is still a raw talent. Bale on the other hand is a younster who has just fallen in love with londen life too much. He is a terriffic terrific talent witha good left foot and has pace and power to burn and does beat people with ease. But he is just not improving though and he needs a change and will surely be sold as Harry is not a fan. But i dont know if you guys can get him unnless you act quickly. Inter milan were linked with him and jose is a big admirer.
Yid_from_India
14/04/2009 13:49:00
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Doesn't look as though Jose will be staying for long though...
KBFulham
14/04/2009 13:58:00
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Doesn't look as though Jose will be staying for long though...
KBFulham
14/04/2009 13:58:00
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