Sad To Watch A Striker End His Time In Such Animosity

Clint Dempsey wants to leave Craven Cottage. That much is obvious. Having already told people that he is set to leave for Anfield, along with the Merseyside club’s website stating Dempsey to be a squad member, Liverpool is almost certain to be his destination. Yet there is a glaring issue that still remains – Liverpool have yet to make an offer for the forward.

Last weekend, the fiasco that is Dempsey’s situation became even more ridiculous. According to the Metro, the Fulham striker has been fined £25,000 for refusing to play against Norwich City on the opening weekend. Martin Jol is desperate for the situation to be resolved, declaring it as simply ‘embarrassing’ for the club.

Yet who is to blame is a difficult question to answer. On the one hand, Dempsey made his intentions clear at the end of last season, stating that he had thoroughly enjoyed his career in West London yet he wanted a move. Such a move is primarily driven by Dempsey’s desire for Champions League football as he enters the twilight of his career. However up until this weekend, Dempsey has been rather silent on the issue.

Some would say his silence has been the clever thing to do, others would say its downright disrespectful. That’s the line that Fulham have taken, calling Dempsey uncommitted and blaming him for the spreading of rumours linking him with Liverpool.

Whilst mentioning the Merseyside club, one also has to ask why the American is hell-bent on moving there. I myself am a Liverpool fan and would love Dempsey to become a part of Brendan Rodgers squad. Yet the Fulham player stated his reason for leaving was to play Champions League football, something that the Reds aren’t even close to at the moment. Especially based on the opening weekend’s performances.

In short, Dempsey is currently sat at limbo. He no longer wants to play for the club that made him a star, yet he’s probably not worth the big money that Fulham would demand for their star striker, especially as a 29-year-old.

Fulham need to resolve this situation for their own sake however, and fast. Keeping Dempsey against his wishes would only mean losing him in a year when his contract expires whilst maintaining a bitter atmosphere between club and player. Yet selling the American would only benefit him, as Fulham certainly don’t want to lose a player they’ve heavily invested in and who has rewarded them in the past few seasons. In addition, selling Dempsey is only possible if a club makes an offer, something that has not yet happened according to officials at Craven Cottage.

In my mind, Fulham need to get rid of Dempsey and soon so that Martin Jol can concentrate on his players and their season. Fulham fans should not be drastically disheartened should the American leave – their impressive performance along with a brilliant score line this weekend showed the team has talent.

At the end of the day Fulham fans, needn’t be too disappointed to lose their American striker. In fact, they will simply be saddened that such a brilliant career at the Cottage has come to an end in such animosity.

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