Clint Dempsey is Having An American’s Best Season Ever in the Premier League

It is easy to get lost amongst the labyrinth of media and hyped egos that is the Premier League. So often it is the case that the side issues — claims of racist acts. off field endeavours of eccentricity, and adventures of infidelity — get more attention than a good pro doing a great job.

Fulham’s Clint Dempsey, by all accounts, has had a storming season. It all began with a brace on his seasonal return to action against Dnipro. Since then Dempsey has gone on to score an impressive 19 goals at club level this season. In February, he scored the winner in the USA’s historic victory over Italy. The first hat trick of his career had come against Charlton in a cup-tie and was quickly followed by his second against Newcastle. In spite of him consistently out shining Bobby Zamora, who has the since moved to QPR, he continues to avoid the radar. The arrival of Russian goal snatcher Pavel Pogrebnyak may well take the headlines-should Fulham do the unlikely and push on into a European place for next season. Dempsey’s contribution to the cause, however, is sure to be noted by Martin Jol and the Craven Cottage faithful.

There has been an affinity towards American players at the Cottage-with Brian McBride already occupying a special place in the team’s history. If the quantity of goals scored this season and last by Dempsey, is not enough to carve his way into the history books there, then surely the timing of his goals will certainly do it.

While it is more beneficial for a team to have a goal scorer who scores once per game, rather than grabbing a bunch in one game and nothing for the next three, it cannot be argued that Dempsey is not a game changer. Evidence of this can be found in the Liverpool game last December, when he pounced on a rebound, to secure the three points in the 85th minute.  On Boxing Day, he scored the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with neighbours Chelsea.  Another equaliser against West Brom and a shot that rebounded off Sorensen’s back against Stoke, secured about four points for Fulham. If you were to subtract those goals from Fulham’s cause, it would leave them around Blackburn.

Without Dempsey’s knack of finding a goal when it matters, it could have been an extremely nervy season for Fulham. As recently as the 8th of March, Martin Jol commented on how heavily the club relies on Dempsey’s goals.  He went on to announce that contract negotiations had started on the day before Dempsey’s 29th birthday.

While there is speculation over where Dempsey might fit in to some of the Premier Leagues elite’s line-ups, I am sure Fulham fans would be delighted to see the American extend his stay. Dempsey brings a never say die attitude, that, coupled with his eye for a goal at crucial periods would be of benefit to any club in the Premier League.

Dempsey, on the personal front, is now the most prolific American goal scorer, the Premier League has ever seen. He also holds the same record for Fulham, as he is now Fulham’s all time EPL top goal scorer. His contribution has continued to increase, season by season. He will be a major feature in any aspirations, Fulham and Martin Jol, hold in regards to pushing into the European places next season.

12 thoughts on “Clint Dempsey is Having An American’s Best Season Ever in the Premier League”

  1. This Fulham fan would like him to stay. I don’t really see where he’d go if he stayed in the Premier League. All the top sides seem pretty well set at his position. He’s unlikely to get a lot of playing time at them.

    1. I just don’t see Liverpool challenging for a champions league spot in the next couple of years. It wouldn’t be that far fetched if Fulham actually finished above Liverpool this year.

  2. I’d like to see him remain at Fulham, where he can carve out his own legend there with the club and it’s supporters. Should he depart for Champions League football elsewhere, I don’t think it should be held against him. He’s given his all and scored some important goals for them during the magical Europa Cup run a few years ago and to fend off relegation back in 07 or so when he was still a rotation player.

  3. I wonder if he continues playing like this for Fulham for years to come if Fulham will put a statue of an American footballer out in front of their ground.

  4. Glad to see him succeed. Met him once and he seemed like a nice guy too. Wish there were more Americans in the EPL.

  5. Dempsey would be twice the player that he is if he cut out the diving, it’s the most frustrating aspect of his game. Against Man United last Monday he was terrible

  6. Find a YouTube of a clear dive from Dempsey. Your bias is glaring. Your team didn’t deserve 3 points in that game when United, by their own admission, should have been penalized for fouling Danny Murphy.

  7. @Andrew Beck agreed, i don’t think he could just step right into a Champions League EPL side right now, but i wouldn’t limit him to one position, as you have noted. he is a very versatile player and can play center forward, either in the hole or the striker, and can play any attacking midfield position very well. that versatility could really help him break into a top side since he wouldn’t necessarily be stuck in one spot on the depth chart

  8. Player of the season. He is like an American Paul Scholes with a few rough edges but on the verge of a move to a big Champions League team (sorry Fulham fans)

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