Most fans would agree that Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele have been fantastic for Fulham this season. Dempsey is just different class to many modern players with his determined running, the regular touch of pure brilliance and he deserves the praise that he has received this season. Add in his fantastic goal scoring return this season and the fact that he seems to have everything in his locker (heading, clinical finishing, free kicks and 25-yard hum-dingers) I sometimes fret that he might not be in a Fulham shirt next season.
Dembele is another player who has been pure class this season, especially since he has been dropped slightly deeper by Jol. He was one of the players that I was most excited to see when I visited the Cottage this year. The way he glides past players is beautiful to watch and his tackling has also really improves. My only criticism of him would be that he doesn’t really score enough goals but that is something that he himself has said that he would like to improve. It is very important that Fulham hold on to these players if we want to carry on our development under Jol.
At first I wondered how exactly we were going to do this but then I remembered what tournament will be played this summer- the European Championships. It is always the trend that players have the chance to impress at the big tournaments and often if a player plays well; all the lights shine on them over the summer transfers. This might just play into Fulham’s hands when they try and keep a hold on Dempsey and Dembele as neither player will be at the Euros. Dempsey’s USA will obviously not be there and Belgium didn’t qualify so neither player will be in the spotlight in that way. I’m hoping that this will play into Fulham’s hands but I still think that it will be hard to keep them both at Fulham. Although they both suit Fulham and as a club on the up, I hope they give us another season to get into Europe, something which is a realistic target for next season.