I’ve mixed feelings about the Healy move. He is clearly a quality player with great finishing ability, something which hasn’t translated perfectly into the Premier League. Finishes such as that brilliant strike against Sunderland (ironically enough) convince me that he could have played a part for us this season, but I guess it was unlikely with the likes of Zamora and Johnson at the top of the pecking order.
His Fulham record looks rather dismal, just four goals in 15 league starts (plus that one rudely chalked off against Middlesbrough). We have at least made a profit on the pint-sized forward. Reports suggest we have received £2m for his services, around double what we paid Leeds this time last year. Even more of a bonus – we missed out on Dickson Etuhu, much derided by our friends on TIFF.
Davis, too, was clearly a talent – after all, he won player of the year at Aston Villa the season before he departed. Lawrie Sanchez signed him largely on the back of his displays for Northern Ireland and his current national team manager, Nigel Worthington, expressed incredulity on Tuesday night that he wasn’t a regular in the Fulham side. For me, it’s simple – he’s not as good as Murphy or Bullard and is too lightweight to played in a conventional 4-4-2 without a ballwinner. Therefore, playing Davis requires a midfield five, which leaves the front man too isolated.
We wish them all the very best with their respective clubs. It appears as though Moritz Volz has turned down the chance to play for Ipswich, as he has reservations about dropping down a division. I still think Volzy could do a job for us, either as a second-choice right-back or in midfield – although he’s gone from a regular first-teamer to a bit-part player which must be very frustrating.
Speaking of bit-part players, it looks like our other Johnson, the American Eddie, could also be on his way. I’ve always thought the American was signed before Roy joined the club and he has looked way off the pace since becoming our latest MLS import. Someone the other day even described him as the worst striker they’d seen in a Fulham shirt, which seemed a bit harsh. He could be on his way to Cardiff on loan, after Dave Jones failed to sign Healy on a temporary basis.