After a somewhat disappointing spell with the Seattle Sounders of MLS, American star Clint Dempsey is back with the Premier League's Fulham, and he is making his second debut for the Cottagers Saturday, according to the club's official Twitter account.
Fulham is taking on Norwich City away from home at Carrow Road in an important FA Cup third-round encounter. Both sides are struggling mightily in the EPL this season, so FA Cup success may be their only hope to salvage this campaign.
Who benefits most from Dempsey's return to Fulham?
Dempsey spent six fantastic years at Fulham and scored 58 goals as a member of the Lilywhites. Dempsey didn't have nearly as much success with Tottenham Hotspur, which ultimately led to him joining the Sounders.
Unfortunately for Dempsey, he was injured for much of the MLS season. He was limited to just nine starts for Seattle, during which he scored one goal and assisted on another.
Not only is the two-month loan to Fulham good for Dempsey in terms of regaining his form, but it is also a major coup for the Cottagers considering Dempsey's FA Cup track record, per ESPN's Paul Carr.
Clint Dempsey starts for Fulham today vs Norwich. Dempsey has 6 goals in 18 career FA Cup games.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) January 4, 2014
One person who is particularly excited about Dempsey's return to Fulham is United States men's national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann. According to Sky Sports, Klinsmann believes that returning to arguably the highest level of soccer will be great for Dempsey moving forward.
Obviously, we are pleased with Clint Dempsey, our captain, making the jump for two months to Fulham to get games in now. He had a very difficult couple of months because of injury and the transition back into MLS.
I think it's a great decision from Clint to start off the year in the right way going on loan for two months to Fulham, his old team. They need him to get them back up in the table of the league, and he will come already in good shape back into MLS. That is great!
Dempsey will surely be a part of Team USA for the 2014 World Cup unless injury strikes, but the squad needs Deuce at his best in order to make it out of the group stage and make a run through the tournament.
Perhaps some time with Fulham is just what the doctor ordered.
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