Danny Murphy has hailed Clint Dempsey’s consistent performances as one of the reasons for Fulham’s superb second half to the season.

The Fulham captain says that Dempsey’s longevity in the Fulham side leads to him being under appreciated. Murphy was effusive in his praise for Dempsey, who was announced this afternoon as the club’s player of the year:

I think people forget just what Clint can bring to a side. We know that he has a lot of skill and is one of those players that can make things happen out of nothing.

But there’s more to his game. He tracks back, he wins tackles and is a valuable outlet when under pressure. I think he’s the longest-serving player in the current squad and that’s testament to his ability and how much he means to the club.

For me, last season he was terrific – he really stood out. Clint was probably the mainstay of our strike force for long periods of the season.

We had a lot of injuries to our forwards with Bobby joined by Mousa Dembele and Andrew Johnson for long periods. As a result, a lot of pressure was put on his shoulders and he did extremely well. If it wasn’t for his goals and desire to do well, at what proved to be a difficult time, then things could have been very different for us.