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Rufus wants Fulham to utilise Zamora’s strengths

Coming a little late to this but Rufus Brevett did an interview with talkSPORT yesterday on the festive football and suggested that Fulham should do more to get the best out of Bobby Zamora.

It was always on the cards. They’ve had their ups and downs – I’m not too sure what’s gone on there, it’s obviously not been happening for him, but he’s brought back and he’s repaid him with the winner. It’s a result that Fulham really needed because they were beginning to look down and as opposed to looking up.

I’ve played with Bobby. I know what he can do and what he can’t do and he’s come on leaps and bounds in the last two or three years for Fulham. He’s got an England call-up. They’ve got to play to his strengths: and I think if you do that, you’re going to have a happy Bobby Zamora and you’re going to have goals from him as well.

Only Zamora and Jol know what’s gone on between the two of them but, judging from the former’s response in his interviews last night, it’s not so serious as to threaten his Fulham future. What I did find interesting was the evidence of an evolution in the way Fulham were playing with Zamora in the side last night. There wasn’t as much as urgency to hit Zamora early with a forward ball and he’s actually a lot better on the floor than people give him credit for. There were also signs of a promising understanding with Bryan Ruiz at times against Arsenal and indications that Zamora perhaps won’t be as inhibited by Jol’s 4-3-2-1 as we had first thought.

Good old Rufus

Via Jacqui Oatley:

Rufus Brevett got so excited about his old club Fulham scoring that he jumped up and knocked out the BBC London commentary line!

Get in there, Ruuuuuufuuuuuuuus!

Rufus in Donetsk

The quite brilliant Rufus Brevett lapping up the view from the bench in the Donbass Arena.

I still think he could do a good job at left back tonight.

Rochdale v Fulham on Youtube

There were obviously infinitely more important things happening on September 11, 2001, but Orm’s found some very rare footage from our entertaining League Cup tie at Rochdale from that night.

Is this the best goal Rufus Brevett’s ever scored? In the last minute of extra time too:

It was some penalty shoot-out as well:

Good old Rufus Brevett

I always liked the fiery side of Fulham’s underrated full-back.

Best ”don’t you know who I am?” moment of the season so far came before Spurs’ defeat by Wolves on Saturday. Football legend (in his own mind, at least) Rufus Brevett had mislaid his media pass for a radio gig and was asked for his name. When the doorman demanded more information, Rufus modestly replied: “Google me”.

When I met Rufus he was fairly self-effacing and modest, but his tenacity was often on display as he threw himself into tackles against pacy Premiership wingers. Perhaps his biggest challenge came after Jean Tigana had helped him scale real heights during the Division One title-winning season and then went out and bought Jon Harley. Undeterred, Brevett kept his head down and trained as hard as ever, swiftly displacing Harley and keeping his place as Fulham’s first-choice left back in the top flight.