Clint Dempsey: Why Fulham Striker Would Be a Great Signing for Everton

Jordan LynnContributor IIIApril 30, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Clint Dempsey of Fulham in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Chelsea at Craven Cottage on April 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Everton comfortably dismantled Fulham at Goodison Park 4-0 this weekend but many Evertonian eyes will have been on Fulham striker Clint Dempsey.

Reports this week have linked Everton with the American international who only has one year left on his contract.

Having scored 16 Premier League goals this season, 22 in all competitions, Dempsey would be a great asset to Everton's newly rejuvenated front-line.

Nikica Jelavic has been a phenomenal signing for the Blues, but Everton's depth up front is still a big concern for next season.

If Jelavic is injured, who do Everton start up front?

Denis Stracqualursi may be a cult hero and he has shown flashes that he can play in the Premier League, his game against Manchester City at Goodison stands out, but he is a big step down from either Jelavic or Dempsey.

Victor Anichebe has scored some vital goals coming off the bench but again, he can't be the feature of an attack.

Marouane Fellaini has been brilliant playing higher up the pitch in the last few games for Everton but he's certainly not an out-and-out striker, so the addition of Dempsey alongside Jelavic would be a great addition to the Everton squad.

Dempsey's versatility would also be great for Everton.

Manager David Moyes asks his front-line to hold up the ball and push out into the channels to allow others to get forward.

While he is best suited to a forward role, Dempsey can fill in across the midfield if need be and Everton's lack of width has caused them some selection problems this year.


Dempsey's six assists this season would have him one behind club assist leader Steven Pienaar and Dempsey's high work rate would see him fit well with Everton.

With Dempsey playing a little behind Jelavic and then Fellaini supporting both, Everton's attack suddenly becomes rather dangerous.

Everton have searched for years for that 20 goal-a-season striker and if Jelavic continues in this vain and by signing Dempsey, they could have two.

Spurs and Arsenal are also said to be interested in the American and David Moyes will have to hope Everton are not priced out of a move for Dempsey.

While he would be a great addition to the squad, Everton can't break the bank to go out and sign him as even a cut-price £5 million could prove too costly for the Blues.

Hopefully countrymen Tim Howard and Landon Donovan can have a quiet word in Dempsey's ear and persuade the striker to choose Everton over his other options.

While Everton cannot offer European football next season, with a front pairing of Jelavic and Dempsey, they'd be able to mount a serious challenge in the future.