Could Fulham losing both Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele make Fulham suffer deeper than first initially thought? I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. No doubt are they both class talents and any team would miss their contribution, but then the worry is not replacing them, it’s the extra transitional season that we will have to take to embed the new players.
We’ve already seen this season that Bryan Ruiz, although class in places, hasn’t settled as quickly as we perhaps would have liked.
A fantastic passer of the ball, with incredible skill and vision, it is expected that he may really crack on and show his talent in the next coming year. With Dempsey and Dembele looking on their way out, it is likely that Martin Jol will look outside of England for replacements despite the rumours of players + cash deals for Fulham’s star men from English teams.
The main names being spouted about at the moment are Nacer Chadli, Oussama Assaidi, Luciano Narsingh and Marcel Jansen. All more likely replacements for Dempsey than Dembele. The problem with Dutch players (and we’ve seen it before), is that they do take time to settle, with people like Alfonso Alves coming to mind quickly. As a loyal supporter, I wish Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele the best whatever happens but I do sincerely worry for our form at the start of next season. Okay, maybe that last bit was a bit of an overreaction because we do still have plenty of Premier League players, the point still stands though. Losing both (which we may still not do), may slow the pace of Martin Jol’s aim of lowering the average age of the Fulham squad, with missing such vital players to our squad, he may feel that keeping the experienced players may help the risk of a drop in form. I have faith in what Fulham decide to do this summer and who Martin Jol decides to bring in, the only thing I would change is having 4 more years on Dembele because £12m is a steal for any club, world class footballer.