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World Football Strange but True: Fulham Open Training Ground to 12 Hens

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterApril 12, 2012

BOLTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  Clint Dempsey of Fulham celebrates after scoring his first goal from a free kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Fulham at Reebok Stadium on April 7, 2012 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Of all the reasons Clint Dempsey has to leave Fulham this summer, this one might take the cake.

Er, that is, the quiche.

From an excruciatingly pun-infested article in the Daily Mail:

Fulham have bought 12 hens to live at their training ground to help cut costs.

This isn't a yoke or a poultry effort but a real coop as the club attempts to save £5,000 a year on catering.

Martin Jol’s squad, including deep-laying centre forward Pavel Pogrebnyak, go through 90 eggs a week at their Motspur Park base in Surrey.

Yoke? Coop? Deep-laying? My oh my. And bloggers are considered the bane of journalism.

But wait, it gets worse.

Fry-day is known to be particularly popular as the team toast their cluck for Saturday's big match.

Someone suspected fowl play but at least we now know what is eggs-scelerating top-scorer Clint Dempsey's accuracy in front of goal this season.

What, you couldn't poach a hard-boiled pun in there? Did nobody's name rhyme with omelet?

BOLTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  Clint Dempsey of Fulham in action with Marcos Alonso of Bolton Wanderers during the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Fulham at Reebok Stadium on April 7, 2012 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Clive Brun
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Excruciating wordplay aside, this is the best proof yet that Dempsey needs to leave Fulham. This sort of thing would never happen at Old Trafford or the Emirates.

Dempsey is tied for fourth in the English Premier League scoring charts, and his value has never been higher. And, as B/R national lead writer Dan Levy points out, Dempsey's peripheral stats place him in the elite tier of Premiership players.

So if the Mohamed Al-Fayed, Martin Jol and the Cottagers are really looking to make a buck, why not just offload the Deuce to Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea?

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