Clint Dempsey has been one of the success stories of the Premier League this season. His impressive form this term for mid-table Fulham saw him recognised recently Football Writers’ Association whom voted him fourth in their Player of the Year award.
These performances have also been noted by many interested clubs who are now being linked frequently with a move for the American.
So is the 29-year-old now ready for a move to a top club? With only a year left on his contract – teams such as Spurs, Arsenal, Roma and more recently Everton have all been recognised to hold an interest in a summer move for the player according to The Daily Mail. Here we evaluate Dempsey’s credentials for a potential summer transfer.
Having scored 22 goals in 43 games in all competitions this season, it seems as though Dempsey is entering the peak of his career. His versatility has seen him operate in various positions over the years for Fulham – he can be used on either wing, as a striker and also in a more central role operating behind the lead striker.
He is regarded as a key player by The Cottagers where he has made 227 appearances in all competitions; playing important roles in regaining Fulham’s Premier League status in his first season and also leading them to a Europa League final in the 2009/10 season, amongst other impressive league finishes over the years.
Integral also for his country, Dempsey is given a free role in the United States national set-up currently managed by Jurgen Klinsmann where he has enjoyed relative success, winning the Gold Cup twice and also finishing runner-up in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
He played an important role for his national side in the later mentioned competition scoring 3 goals in 5 games to set up a final against Brazil. With 85 caps to his name his ability at international level in unquestionable, after notably scoring a winner against England in the last World Cup he has impressed in the surroundings of the highest level – he has 25 goals whilst plying his trade on the international stage.
So whilst his talents aren’t in question, a problem the American may have is trying to justify his general attitude when things aren’t going so well. Numerous times through the season when Fulham are lacking in inspiration he has failed to inject his mark on the game, leading to Martin Jol’s side usually slumping to defeat. The American instead looks a frustrated figure and his performances prove ineffective. Dempsey’s mentality therefore doesn’t seem to match what is required to become a leading player at a top club.
Another feature that may also go against the American could be the fact he hasn’t been a prolific winner of trophies in his career. At 29-years-old challenging for league titles would be something completely different for Dempsey and the pressures of this have never featured in his career. This may have a negative impact on the players’ performance if he is unable to cope with the expectations of a big club as he is accustom to his humble surroundings at Craven Cottage.
So should Dempsey be on the move this summer? It seems as though that is for Wenger, Redknapp, Moyes or Enrique to decide for their clubs respectively.
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