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Benny Feilhaber

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  • Benny Feilhaber appears closer to moving to Premier League newbies Derby County. Feilhaber made only nine appearances for Hamburg last year, and must be considered a hot commodity after his excellent summer with the US National Team. Should Derby sign a cultured midfielder like Feilhaber, maybe, just maybe they can escape the drop in the Premier League. If Feilhaber can adjust to the English game as quickly as he’s picked up the international game, he’ll be steal for Derby at any price.
  • Danny Szetela’s agent, the incomparable Shep Messing indicates that a deal is not done yet with AS Roma and that both Lazio and MLS remain possibilities for Szetela beyond this season. Columbus will certainly be reluctant to give up Szetela in the middle of a playoff race, so any move to Serie A is unlikely to come until January.
  • Speculation has linked Jay DeMerit to Fulham. It would be unfortunate if DeMerit moves to Fulham joining three other Americans, because in my estimation he has a better chance of Premiership Football next year by staying with Watford in the Championship. I am almost certain that Fulham without the managerial skill of Chris Coleman will be relegated this season. (I am picking them 20th: dead last in the Premier League).
  • DaMarcus Beasley’s transfer to Rangers has paid dividends for the Glasgow club, and now UEFA thankfully is launching on investigation into the racial slurs hurled at Beasley after he scored the winning goal in Rangers Champions League Qualifying triumph on Tuesday.
  • Danny Califf has been named the captain of his Danish club AoB who have also qualified for the UEFA Cup. Califf joins Steve Cherundolo and Brian McBride as Americans captaining European clubs. Last season Gregg Berhalter captained Bundesliga 2 outfit 1860 Munich, but has been demoted to vice captain this season.
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  1. MJ

    August 9, 2007 at 9:35 pm


    I agree with you on this one. I have them finishing 13th in my predictions, though that is as high as it will get for the Cottagers. I can’t see Fulham winding up dead last; Derby County, Birmingham, and Wigan all have much worse teams and Middlesbrough isn’t looking too good either.

  2. Cory

    August 9, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    You are greatly mistaken if you think Fulham is going to finish dead last in the Premiership this season. Dead last? Seriously? That’s ludicrous.

    You might be right in the assumption that Fulham won’t challenge for a top 10 finish, but they are not going to be fighting to stay up in the league. Regardless of how you view the signings LS made this offseason, $25 million dollars and depth at every position is unmistakable.

    They have upgraded their backline considerably since last season, while their midfield is among the top 8 in the league. The forwards are not proven yet at this junction, but nonetheless they have talent.

    Being fair, a better estimate would be 12th-15th in the league rather than 20th. Fulham hasn’t been relegated in five years. I don’t think it’s going to happen this season, after all that money spent.

    Best case scenario: 8th place.


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