Premier League

Jol Linked With Morimoto, But His Priorities Lie Elsewhere…

Fulham currently sit joint seventh in the Premier League. Martin Jol signed some considerable attacking talent in the summer. The classy Dimitar Berbatov, surprise package Mladen Petric and Rodallega, can all score goals and have proved that, along with Brain Ruiz, Fulham have must be taken seriously as an attacking force this season.

It appears however, that Martin Jol is not satisfied with his striking options and is looking to Japanese international Takayuki Morimoto to bolster his forward line with a loan deal in January. Morimoto is an interesting prospect. Playing for Catania in Serie A, much of his recent seasons have been marred by injury. Playing for Novara last season, he only managed 4 goals in 19 appearances. Catania are keen to hold onto Morimoto in the long run though, proving they believe he has some considerable talent.

Holding the record for the youngest goal scorer in the history of the J. League Morimoto is well regarded in his country.  He has appeared at international level, scoring 3 goals, and at 24, he is still a fairly young prospect. Morimoto may be eager to prove himself in the Premier League, and a loan move to Fulham could prove an opportunity to really reignite his career.

Adding attacking options to your team is rarely a bad decision. Jol is doing a great job at Fulham and could well be pushing for a Europa League spot at the end of the season, another striker may just tip Fulham into the higher echelons of the Premier League. A loan deal for Morimoto would be the best bet for Jol and Fulham. With his injuries and poor recent goal scoring records (he is yet to score this season), a straight purchase could prove to a risk not worth taking.

Catania have numerous attacking options and this has moved Morimoto down the pecking order, but I would suggest Jol should consider investing in a top quality defender. Scoring goals doesn’t look to be a problem for Fulham but they have just 2 clean sheets in their last 6 league games and if they really are to push for a Europa League place will need to give less goals away.

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