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Clint Dempsey – A Case of Irrational Exuberance?

Written by on April 16, 2012 | 10 Comments »
Posted in Fulham

With four teams involved in the semi finals of the FA Cup over the weekend Fulham was spared a trip to Anfield to play Liverpool in the Premier League.

Over the last eight decades Fulham has never won away to Liverpool but when they do get round to playing the rescheduled fixture on May 1 the team from London might be a little bit more confident than that dreadful record might suggest.

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10 responses to “Clint Dempsey – A Case of Irrational Exuberance?”

  1. Doug says:

    Long time lurker, infrequent commenter. Enjoyed the Dempsey article, one of a succession of interesting Forbes pieces. On a different topic, in addition to the twitter petition, I decided to write Fox Soccer and sent a note to asking them to keep FSR on the air noting that I am a long-time subscriber and FSR is my favorite program. Sure hope the suits in charge reconsider.

  2. Rob says:

    I must be wrong here but I thought Arsenal got its width, usually, from its fullbacks. Much like Fulham does.

  3. J says:

    Chelsea signed Meireles (29) for four years and paid over 10m. Benayoun was 30, though they paid much less than that.

    If we are going to try projecting transfer fees, good luck to all. It might be fun to have a summer transfer contest to see who could guess the actual retail price of players without going over (you could even get some assistance from Sounders’ management).

    If I had to bridge between the ‘mature’ Drogba, Lampard, Essien, Malouda, Cole, Benyoun and the younger crowd: Lukaku, McEachran, Kakuta…then signing a capable 29 year-old doesn’t sound so bad. With FFFP, I don’t know how you go about affording transfer fees for several younger, more expensive talents in something of a wholesale clearout. A transition seems logical.

    I don’t know which version of Lampard’s role sticks in your mind, Bobby, but I’m thinking of a right midfielder that comes back to accept the ball, makes good runs and doesn’t mind taking a shot from above the 18′. Maybe I’m stuck in 2009.

    I’m willing to put up a jar of marionberry jam against some of that new schwag Eoin is modelling. I’ll take Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton. You can take the field…

  4. Rob – Arsenal’s default formation is 4-3-3 with Walcott wide, Gervinho doing the same on the left (until the ACN anyway), AOX has played in both wide positions as well.
    Fulham have rarely played anything except 4 in midfield this season in a 4-4-2. Riise is supposed to get forward on the left, the right side they don’t get much effectiveness from.
    If you are saying that Fulham plays in a similar way to Arsenal then all can say is I have missed it.

  5. J – are you saying that Lampard and Dempsey play similar roles?
    Everton I see as a possibility but not at the money you are suggesting. Time will tell I guess.

  6. J says:

    I’m not suggesting that 16m is the appropriate valuation. I’m suggesting that the fit is appropriate and that more curious sums have been spent.

    No, Dempsey and Lampard have not played similar roles…not this year. I don’t know that Lampard had an available role in AVB’s 4-3-3. For me, Lampard’s value was playing on the right or attacking midfield in a 4-1-2-1-2.

    Dempsey has gone from right midfield and attacking midfield in a 4-5-1 to playing just behind the striker this year (4-4-1-1). I see him having similar offensive flexibility to Lampard’s former self, and I think there is value in that, especially with Chelsea’s uncertain future up front. I think he’d also make a good partner for Suarez at Liverpool, where neither Kuyt, Carroll or Bellamy are sure to return.

  7. 4-1-2-1-2 – are you talking about the ill-advised but briefly suppossedly brilliant solution of a diamond formation? It did not last very long. Lampard may have tended towards the right side at times but I would not categorize him as a right sided midfield player anymore than I would Steven Gerrard. Lampard at his best was the consummate and relatively rare box-to-box central midfielder who has a good passing range, incredible stamina and physical resilience.
    Will Kuyt go in the summer quite possibly; Bellamy maybe; Carroll – can’t see it. Nobody in the current climate is going to pay anything close to Liverpool’s purchase price and I can’t see them taking such a large loss. They will be persevere.
    Suarez best position is support striker rather than the lone forager role he has been asked to play often this season so pairing two support strikers together surely just serves to revisit the Keane fiasco of two players looking to play the same role at the same time.

  8. Rob says:

    I always saw Arsenal becoming more narrow up top with Gervinho, Walcott, AOC and Arshavin all coming more into the middle to support RVP or whomever is playing up top at the time. Thus Arsenal got its width from its fullbacks which is why they struggled so mightly this season as they CB’s providing that width and it was obvious they were being played out of position.

    I think Fulham employs a similar strategy even though they have more of a 4-4-2 formation or I think its more of a 4-4-1-1 formation. Most of their players become narrow and flood the box.

  9. Ed Gomes says:

    Dempsey wouldn’t see the field for Arsenal. And if for some reason he did, Arsenal is in a world of hurt. I’m not knocking Dempsey, but I just don’t feel his game will suit Arsenal. If he becomes depended upon, that means the are great difficiencies somewhere.
    I could see him much more involved in the Spurs. but they will be downsizing, so CL play is most unlikely.

    Why not a move to Ligue 1 in France. Will that really be a step down from Fulham, I think not. I know that French teams are gong through some downsizing, except PSG. Since its most of them it just might be the best way for him to see CL play.

  10. Ed Gomes says:

    Let me add that Dempsey has been my favorite US player.

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