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Time almost up for Clint Dempsey to make Fulham impact

Feb 10, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

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From a personal, bigger picture perspective, Clint Dempsey’s loan to Fulham may turn out to be just what the doctor ordered.

He will come into camp for Seattle Sounders fit, presumably sharp and ready to make the impact that he failed to make as a celebrated, prodigal son a year ago. Clearly, as MLS matters go, Dempsey needs to make some hay, or this thing will be a buffet portion of “bust.”

Let’s assume for now the guy is going to score some goals, set up a few more, and fulfill some of those big expectations.

But the man surely would have liked to have done a little more during his two-month stay back at Craven Cottage, a place near and dear to the Deuce heart. Dempsey talked recently about the ins and out, ups and downs of this thing recently.

The only way all this could be bad personally for the Texas native: if his time in West London comes and goes without helping Fulham escape the relegation mire, it could provide more ammunition to the doubters who said all along his move back into MLS was a flawed strategy. (It wasn’t; a lot of things go into these choices, as we’ve talked about before.)

The raw numbers so far from his Fulham stay look like this:

  • 5 starts (all but on in Premier League)
  • 1 appearance off the bench
  • 0 goals

There is still time to turn this loaner frown upside down – but not much. He has two matches remaining in which to make an impact, to do something that would potentially launch an escape run for the small budget side that has managed to remain up recently, never mind the stacked odds of doing so over a long run.

Dempsey has played, more or less, every other match for Rene Meulensteen. As he didn’t make the lineup in Saturday’s helpful, perhaps even historic draw at Manchester United, look for Dempsey to feature Wednesday as Liverpool visits West London. (There’s a mid-week round of Premier League matches … ye fantasy players have been warned.)

After that, a match at West Brom is it. Then it’s back to the United States for the last few days of preseason work with Seattle.

  1. charliej11 - Feb 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    What is to stop him from leaving early ? The whole thing is a fiasco. Not any surprise to me, but I guess it is to him or he wouldn’t have gone.

    What is Fulham going to do if he leaves early ? They going to fly to Seattle to bring him back…I have watched a couple of games…there is not one person with that kind of fight in the organization.

    Four words…I told you so.
    Next up, a weak start after not practicing with his team…let’s just hope it doesn’t last until the WCup.

  2. el timo - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Whether he scores or not, Clint has got to play better, and soon. If he doesn’t, JK is going to play him anyway, and the US will suffer. I am betting Clint will come through, the way he always has, just this one last time.

    • charliej11 - Feb 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Dempsey will be fine for the WCup. It is the time with the Sounders that will suffer.

      This is a case of playing with a bunch of guys, who are way weaker than the competition and that don’t give a rip ( ie a complete waste of time )

      The US on the other hand is very good and the players really care.

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