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Fulham - Do We Really Need A Striker?

There has been ongoing speculation linking Fulham FC with many a forward. In fact, it seems that every striker that has become available on the transfer market has been linked with our humble club!

But, what is with the panic?

The simple reasoning that anyone would give is the current injury crisis we are undergoing at Craven Cottage. Obviously, we are lacking players.

However, on closer inspection, we aren't particularly short up-front. In fact, I would say we are better off in that department than we were at any stage last season.

Yes, Dempsey is out; But, in reality, he is a midfielder who has the virtue of versatality, and we only play him as a forward when it is absolutely necessary.

Zamora was injured; With the operative word in that sentence being 'was'. On top of that, there is no doubt he is at the top of his form, even though the injury may still haunt him.

Andy Johnson has recently returned and the backup provided by Nevland and Elm always has been and always will be relatively reliable.

To add to the cause we still have the likes of Gera and Duff who have it in them to push forward and support the attack on any given occasion.

Last, but by no means least, there is even the youngsters that are hitting the mark for our reserve team. Danny Hoesen and Marcello Trotta are both attackers that have proven their worth in the Reserve Premier League Southern Division. After all, look what a break in the first team did for Chris Smalling!

Saying that though, we have lost a digit in the shape of Seol Ki-Hyeon. I doubt, however, that he will be sorely missed.

It may seem that I am opposed to bringing a new striker, but, I am in fact the opposite. One other good quality striker could make the difference between an average year and a good year.

As always though, we should look from both sides of the argument. And, let's not forget; We would save money!




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Writer: Kristian Balkin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 28 2010

Time: 4:52PM

Your Comments

We need an attacking central mid that can hold onto the ball without retreating, trying stupid little flicks and playing it back to the defenders.
Teddy_KGB
i think we do need another atacking central mid for the future, but i think we need defence more than anything... right now, panstil, konch and kelly are hurt... that is crazy... where is stoor when you need him? bring in cover for left back please...
woodysweats
U need a whole new team... Your only good player is smalling :)
Lebeouf
I don't think there is ever a transfer window where any team will at least look at a new striker. Its where a majority of the goals come from and goals win games (pointing out the obvious I know). However, my main though is central midfield. Greening appears to have dropped off the map recently, and although Baird is doing well, he himself admits it is not his natural position. Murphy is 32 and although a great player, he will not be able to play as many games because of pure stamina. Who can replace him when he decides to hang up his boots or just an extra rest?
Riverside Chanter
Defensive cover is fine, but the reason the defense is under so much pressure is because we can't hold possession in midfield. We're perpetually driven back into our own third. Fulham owes a lot to Danny Murphy, but it's remarkable how much his game has dropped since last season. He simply can't shoulder the load anymore. We need to find a replacement. It likely won't happen this January, but it has to be at the top of shopping list for summer.
Teddy_KGB
Dickson Etuhu will be back soon, I think we've missed him in recent weeks!
Al Billy
 

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