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Fulham - A Centre Back Quandary?

With the squad away in Lithuania preparing for the first leg of our Europa League qualifying tie, we imagine that Roy Hodgson has a few more furrows on that brow of his.

As the media go merrily about their business trying to manipulate a move to Arsenal for Brede Hangeland, Roy must have concerns about the tall Norwegian jumping ship.

Whilst Roy has already acknowledged that the squad needs bolstering, as it is painfully thin, I doubt he have ear-marked replacing his influential centre back as well.

Earlier this month, rumours emerged that Roy was keen on the Hull City centre back, Michael Turner. But those rumours were based around Bobby Zamora agreeing a move to Hull and Roy using the £5 million agreed fee as a large chunk of the transfer fee.

As that particular transfer appears to be dying a slow death, we doubt whether Roy would be prepared to spend £9 million of straight clash on Turner. Besides, our initial interest appears to have opened a can of worms with several other Premier League clubs, including Spurs and Everton also now showing an interest in the Hull defender.

If Brede does go, Roy may have to make do with what he`s got possibly leaving a transfer swoop for the latter end of August.

If that`s the case Roy may persist with young Chris Smalling.

Chris broke into the first team squad towards the back end of last season and last week featured in the 3-3 draw at Peterborough. Unfortunately, many pundits see those two errors Chris made, both of which led to goals for Peterborough, as evidence that the relatively untried youngster is not the immediate answer.

So what does Roy do?

Does he persist with Smalling and hope that the youngster grows into the role?

Does he blatantly ignore any requests for clubs to speak to Brede, thereby stalling on a transfer but risk having an unhappy player in the squad?

Or does he call for Chris Baird or John Pantsil to fill in whilst a frantic search is orchestrated for an adequate replacement?

Like I intimated earlier, worrying times for Roy!




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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 29 2009

Time: 4:27PM

Your Comments

If he did go, i'd give Baird the role of filling in but Roy would have to sign someone of a high quality.
AlexFFC
i personally believe we need another quality centerback as it stands right now with hangeland in the squad... what happens if hangeland or hughes gets hurt, or needs a rest from the large number of games we hope to play this season? we need cover, and we need it now. and it could get even worse if hangeland decides he doesn't want to stay...
woodysweats
the transfer of toure to man city is very worrying to me, as i feared arsenal would try to grab hangeland over the summer before they picked up vermaelen... i thought with vermaelan's introduction to the arsenal squad, i didn't have to worry about hangeland travelling across london to try out some champ's league football... but now i have something to constantly fret... stupid man city.
woodysweats
exactly! we were lucky last season to remain so injury free!
Al Billy
I hope we can also keep Stoor as our number of players in back line are extremely thin.
JKW
 

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