I think everyone was pleased when Fulham announced the return of Martin Jol to the Premier League as their manager last week, after his rather disrespectful exit from Tottenham Hotspur. The Dutchman though will no doubt not want fans’, pundits’ and newspapers’ reminding him of his exit from White Hart Lane as he looks to begin his own quest to go down in Fulham’s history. The former Ajax manager has taken over a club very much on the up with a supportive chairman and good ‘solid’ foundations, and with Jol looking to make his own ‘mark’ on the Fulham squad there is definitely a case that the former Tottenham man should return to North London for a few ‘bargains’.
Fulham are lacking a striker who can consistently get them 15-20 goals a season, Bobby Zamora and Moussa Dembele are their main attacking outlets and both players’ do offer attacking flair in the final third but the two forwards, in my opinion, will not be setting the goalscoring charts alight any time soon, which why a cut price move for Lilywhites striker Robbie Keane would be an ideal signing. The Irishman has continually proven himself as a clinical finisher in the Premier League, and despite a disappointing campaign this season, which has culminated in Harry Redknapp stating that Keane doesn’t feature in his plans, the former Inter Milan forward could be a huge success at Craven Cottage with just a little bit of TLC.
The Cottagers lack that spark in midfield, that player that can unlock a defence or win you a match but if Jol were to sign Niko Kranjcar all those problems would be solved. Many Spurs fans rate the former Portsmouth player highly and were left baffled when he didn’t start the Champions League first leg against Real Madrid after Aaron Lennon pulled out. It is moments like that which have led to the Croatian international stating he wants to leave White Hart Lane and with Redknapp clearly lacking faith in Kranjcar, he could be available for next to nothing.
The third and final addition that I believe the new Fulham boss should make from White Hart Lane is Jermaine Jenas (don’t shoot me down just yet). Fulham will be a bit light in midfield with both Clint Dempsey and Zoltan Gera more than likely on the move in this transfer window, and Danny Murphy isn’t getting any younger (even though his performances have gotten better with age if anything), so the signing of the former Newcastle United player would help re-energise the middle of the park for Fulham. The England international doesn’t have too many admirers in the beautiful game but on his day the former Nottingham Forest player can be a real influence at the heart of the midfield.
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