Roy Hodgson admits he’s delighted that Bobby Zamora turned down a summer move to Hull City, especially after the striker scored Fulham’s opening goal in a crucial win at Craven Cottage last night.
Zamora, who had endured a disappointing first season with Fulham in terms of goals, looked set to move to the KC Stadium after Hull agreed a £5m fee with Fulham for his services but the former West Ham striker turned Phil Brown down. Hodgson was happy with that and still feels Zamora is a key part of his squad.
We allowed Bobby to talk to Hull but at the same time I made it clear to him that we felt we could still get a lot from him. His partnership with Andy Johnson was very important in us finishing seventh last year.
It was nice to see Bobby score a goal. His all-round play was good as usual and he made yet another goal tonight.
More goals are what Bobby wants, but I want results. I’d take it if we were to win every game 1-0 without Zamora scoring once.
But tonight he scored one, made one and forced three or four good saves. If he carries on like that he’ll score goals.
With him it’s not just about scoring, he’s also an important target and feature of our attacking play. I’m glad he stayed.