Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Tuesday January 5 2010
Back in the hazy days of summer when we were not all shivering in sub zero temperatures and any forthcoming snowfall was well off, Bobby Zamora moving to Hull City almost became a done deal.
In fact, I guess we`ll never really know just how close Phil Brown came to luring a second Fulham player to the KC Stadium inside a period of six months, after previously luring Jimmy Bullard.
In fact, if Roy Hodgson had been successful in luring Peter Crouch to Craven Cottage, from Portsmouth, I`d suggest that the season could have been far removed from that which we`re experiencing now.
Would Bobby Zamora, ridiculed last season by the press hacks for not scoring enough, be proudly sitting on 11 goals for the season and hoping to reach twenty? I doubt it!
But, the downside to such an upturn in scoring form is that it inevitably attracts interest from other clubs. Clubs, eyeing up potential transfer targets, look around and see who has been amongst the goals with a view to luring them to pastures new.
In the press this morning, Roy Hodgson is quoted as saying that Bobby is attracting interest but not just because of his goals. Roy goes on to mention how the types of strikers available on the market have changed, see what you think,
"He is attracting interest, but we`ll tell them, hopefully that he is not for sale and we want to keep him here and we hope he wants to stay with us as well."
"There are not so many players of that type playing in the Premier League and there are even fewer English one playing in the Premier League, There are a few foreign players of a similar ilk."
"But Bobby`s type of player has become, funnily enough, less common than the Andy Johnson sort of player."
"That was always the opposite in the past."
"We used to produce a lot of big, strong target-playing type centre forwards and we were always lamenting the fact that we didn`t have the little tricky ones to play off them. Now it seems there`s a dearth of target-player types so I wouldn`t be surprised if we have calls for Bobby."
The only questions that remain is who will be calling and if a decent enough price is offered will Fulham be, in any way, be tempted to part company with Bobby?
Here at Vital Fulham we would sincerely hope not if we have any serious ambition of moving onwards and upwards from our present, much improved, position!
Date:Tuesday January 5 2010
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