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Dempsey Reunion a Necessity in Fulham's Fight Against the Drop

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05:  Clint Dempsey of Fulham celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Villa Park on February 5, 2011 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Ryan TolmichCorrespondent IINovember 19, 2016

Let’s get this out of the way early: Fulham are in trouble.

The Cottagers could be facing a long season. This year’s edition of the Premier League is deeper than ever, as teams that normally spend time as fodder for the big clubs have closed the gap with the country’s top teams.

Newcomers Hull and Cardiff are enjoying life above the drop zone, while the Cottagers currently find themselves staring into the deep, dark eyes of relegation coming off three losses by a combined 9-1 score line.

To Fulham’s credit, they have talent. The strike-force of Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent is potent, to say the least. Berbatov is a world-class striker when he actually decides he wants to be, and Bent is a proven Premier League scorer.

However, the problem lies outside of those two, as Fulham desperately require a player who could close the gap between the midfield and their two striking talents.

Enter Clint Dempsey.

Dempsey, who plied his trade at Craven Cottage for six years, is currently being shopped for a winter loan by MLS side Seattle Sounders. Dempsey could prove to become a big-time addition to a Premier League side, just like fellow MLSers Landon Donovan and Theirry Henry before him.

It all leads the way to a storybook reunion as the Daily Mail states that Fulham are interested in bringing back the former attacking midfielder who scored 60 goals for the club in 225 appearances.

Fulham and Dempsey are a match made in heaven. They’re familiar with one another, so the transition would be slim-to-none. They’re both motivated, as Dempsey will be looking to represent the MLS brand overseas in Fulham’s relegation fight.

But most importantly, it would address a need, as Fulham desperately require that last piece to get them back to a mid-table comfort zone.

There are a few roadblocks—Spurs have first refusal on their former £6 million man, while West Ham are also believed to be interested in the American.

However, a Dempsey reunion in London would be a great move for both sides, as Dempsey could prove to be a major reinforcement in Fulham’s fight against the drop.

 

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