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Martin Jol says that the form of striker Bobby Zamora will play an important part in deciding Fulham’s fortunes this season.

The new Fulham manager says that Zamora has consistently been the player who has ‘made the difference’ for the Whites and is determined to keep the England striker fit to lead the line for his club. Zamora finished the 2010/11 season with seven goals after battling back from a broken leg and has shown good form in his early European outings for the club, scoring twice.

If you look in Europe to find someone like him it’s not easy. He’s gifted and he’s a very good player. He can receive the ball, turn and he’s got technique.

I would like to keep him fit. Last year he had a few injury problems but this year he was playing the day after he came back in for training. I played him in a game after just three games and he was fit. Hopefully he will stay fit.

The most important thing for any team, even the top teams, is the one or two players who can make the difference and he has been that player for Fulham.

During his pre-match preview, Jol also revealed that Moussa Dembele will be included in his squad for Fulham’s first league game against Aston Villa. The Dutchman certainly isn’t underestimating Alex McLeish’s side.

We know everything about them. We know their style, their strengths and their weaknesses. I know Darren [Bent] from Spurs and he’s a terrific striker.

Shay Given is a world class goalkeeper and N’Zogbia was probably one of the players all the clubs would have liked to have bought this summer. They’ve brought in a few players and they don’t have a lot of injuries in their squad so I don’t think they have any problems.