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Routledge staying????, buy big!!

Routledge staying????, buy big!!

Fulham managed Chris Coleman is hoping that Tottenham do not recall Wayne Routledge next month.
The England U21 international is on loan with the Cottagers but has not been a regular starter until the last few matches.

Tottenham have the option of taking Routledge back to White Hart Lane in the new year but Coleman said: 'It is Tottenham's call after January, but Spurs are doing well and I can not see Martin Jol asking for him back.
'Wayne has still got more in the tank for us. The last two games at the Cottage have been a bit more like it from him.

'I always said he needed a run of games - but players have to produce because we need results.'

Also today.....

Chris Coleman feels he has 'no choice' but to strengthen his injury-hit Fulham squad during the January transfer window.

Centre-half Zat Knight was the latest player to be added to the growing list of absentees following a broken jaw in a domestic accident and will be sidelined for around two months.

Captain Luis Boa Morte (hamstring) and fellow midfielder Papa Bouba Diop (thigh) as well as defender Ian Pearce (back) are all hoping for a return early in 2007.

Coleman, though, knows he has to bring in new blood when the transfer window opens on Monday, with reports suggesting he could renew interest in £2million-rated Norwegian defender Per Nilsson as well making a loan move for Roma striker Vincenzo Montella.

'I was looking to invest anyway and bring in a few fresh faces, but we have got no choice now - behind the bench we have not got anything and that concerns me looking at the games coming up,' said the Fulham boss.

'We cannot afford to lose anyone else and I will be doing my best to bring some new faces in during the January transfer window.'

The Cottagers picked up another valuable away point when they netted a stoppage-time equaliser at Charlton on Wednesday night to deny new Addicks boss Alan Pardew a perfect start.

Although the goal from Franck Queudrue came following the award of a controversial free-kick, a draw was hardly an injustice given the amount of pressure Coleman's side had produced during the second half.

The Welshman, however, knows his men must be at their very best to get anything in the west-London derby at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

Coleman said: 'We have got a chance, 11 versus 11 - but their home record is as good as any of the top sides in Europe.

'We know it is going to be tough, but this season we have beaten Arsenal, although we have lost to some of the bottom sides as well.

'What is most important for me is that we have to compete over 90 minutes - that is all I can ask for going into this game.

'If we go in with self-belief and our sleeves rolled up, anything can happen.'

Coleman added: '(Manchester United boss) Sir Alex Ferguson has come out and said that both United and Chelsea will drop more points - and they will.

'It is possible they could drop points to us in this game, we know that.'

The Fulham manager feels his team can learn a lesson from Reading's creditable performance at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, but also knows they could face a backlash.

He said: 'Chelsea's draw against Reading could work both ways.

'Either, the longer it goes on and we are still in the game, they will get nervous, or they will come out and try to put right what went wrong against Reading.'



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Date:Friday December 29 2006
Time: 12:09PM

Comments

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give Routlage games and you will have a quality winger!!!!!
FOLKESTONE YID
29/12/2006 12:24:00
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I would love to have him back at the Lane especially after Lennon has been out for the last few games. I watched your games against Hammers and Charlton and he played v.well.
james4209
29/12/2006 12:32:00
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Awesome potential, lets keep our fingers crossed.
Cravens
29/12/2006 14:56:00
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I also want him back at Tottenham. He is too good to be loaning out to other clubs.
Greybeard
30/12/2006 00:57:00
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i dont no about routledge back at spurs, as good a player as he is i cant see him making a name for himself at spurs, i think we should buy pederson and sell routledge (though you have to give us a few mil for him) that way fulham and spurs are happy and blackburn aren't
theapeofdeath
30/12/2006 10:36:00
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You ******** Spurs fan's, you STILL want more midfielders after you already have Malbranque, Jenas, Ghaly, Murphy, Tainio, Lennon, Zokora, Huddlestone, O'Hara, etc, etc. I think that there is only two words that can describe Spurs fan's "Fickle" and "Greedy". As soon as you get Routledge back you will all be wanting to sell him, saying that he is crap. And if you sell him to us, then you will be saying that he is the next David Beckham.
squeaky
01/01/2007 13:13:00
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Don't deny it Spuds, coz it is true.
sammy.luke
02/01/2007 10:16:00
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Good player, but one that needs games!
BaldyYid
02/01/2007 13:02:00
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