Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Dempsey Drops Exit Hint

Fulham's lone American Clint Dempsey is hinting at a desire to exit. Could he be hitting the road in January?

Dempsey has seen very, very limited action thus far this season, with just two Premier League appearances, both as a late game substitute, and one Carling Cup start with no more of those on the horizon after Fulham were bounced from the competition by Burnley last week.
The 25-year-old would certainly not be short of suitors in England, and the player admits his future may lie elsewhere if he isn’t given the opportunity to fight his way into the starting eleven.

"The coach here now is not the one who brought me in so it's difficult proving that I deserve to be on the field," the News of the World quoted Dempsey as saying.

The Cottagers have, though, lost two league games in a row, and the former New England Revolution midfielder may benefit from changes that Hodgson opts to make.

However, Hodgson has shown that changes may not come from within. On Saturday, despite being down a man and two goals from the first half, the manage made no substitutions, a clear enough sign that he does not have faith in his bench players.
Dempsey appears to be finding some form for the U.S. national team (two goals in the last two World Cup qualifying matches after a long goalless spell). It seems a shame that he is not getting minutes and I don't blame him for looking for a move elsewhere.

Dempsey will probably go for a fairly low transfer fee and a number of Premier League sides might be interested. So who knows.

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