Just two days ago I wrote about Bobby Zamora singing a new contract at Fulham, but just typical of the cruel luck that is often associated with the sport, the Fulham forward suffered a horrific leg break in his very next game he played.
You can’t help but feel the pain for the likeable Zamora. You feel that this was the year in which he would push on and become a regular in the England squad; however bouncing back from this injury will take an immense amount of work and courage. Thankfully Zamora has courage and determination in abundance.
But like these take a big recovery. I fear that the reported four-month absence that is been branded around will only be the tip of the iceberg. While Zamora may be fit enough to return to training in four months, I worry that he won’t be back to match sharpness for some considerable time after.
Fortunately for Fulham fans it appears as if the loss of Zamora may be minimised with the emergence of new signing Moussa Dembele. The Belgian striker is already looking like an astute bit of business by Cottagers manger Mark Hughes.
Dembele arrived from AZ Alkmaar for a fee of around £5million earlier this summer and after scoring both goals in yesterdays 2-1 win over Wolves is already becoming a real favourite in West London.
Hughes his hopeful that the 23-year-old can help fill the void left by Zamora saying: “It was a real disappointment to lose Bobby but Moussa is an exciting player. Whenever he’s in possession you think something will happen. There aren’t many players like that in the Premier League at the moment.”
But hopefully Hughes will be able to turn to Zamora and Dembele in the not so distant future, and hopefully Zamora will bounce back from his devastating injury, because he was in superb form.
What do you think? Can Dembele replace Zamora? How much will Fulham miss their talismanic striker?