It’s no surprise that Fulham have told Kagisho Dikgacoi that he is free to leave Craven Cottage.
Fulham have plenty of competition for his place in midfield and he’s not had a look in for the best part of two years. The signing of Steve Sidwell provided a real challenge for Dickson Etuhu to prove his worth and effectively shut the door on the South African international. We’ve never really seen what KG can do and that has to be frustrating for a man who was so keen for a shot at Premier League football, he went on a full-scale PR offensive to persuade Roy Hodgson he was worth a go. His debut began promisingly enough, but ended in disaster after he was sent off retaliating against Scott Parker. His appearances since have been fleeting – a couple of brief substitutes’ appearances that suggested he had impressive distribution and no mean determination – but not enough to convince.
Dikgacoi had a successful loan spell with Crystal Palace at the tail end of the season and the Eagles are keen for him to return to Selhurst Park. The problem, however, as Dikgacoi’s agent explains, is likely to be Fulham’s valuation:
He [Dikgacoi] has one year on his contract which makes life difficult. If you are a free agent, it is fairly simple to move on, but when a fee is involved, with the European market so deflated at the moment, it becomes a whole lot more complicated as clubs simply don’t have money to spend. Many are looking for free agents or loan moves.
So, it seems like he’ll be on his way, if not immediately. Farewell, KG. We never really knew you.