Transfer Window Assessment

Saturday 15 September 2012 08:00

The summer transfer window saw Fulham welcome a total of six new faces to the Club, plus the recent addition of Greek legend Giorgos Karagounis.

Arguably the most high-profile acquisition was that of seven-time Bulgarian Player of the Year Dimitar Berbatov, who put pen to paper on deadline day.

“I think it was a big transfer for this Club,” Manager Martin Jol said of his new number nine. “And I think it was necessary because we had [Pavel] Pogrebnyak, we had Bobby Zamora, we had Andy Johnson and we had Orlando Sa and we lost all four of them.

“Then [Mladen] Petric came in, [Hugo] Rodallega came in – that’s two out of four, so we needed at least one or two other ones. Dimitar is probably the best player we’ve ever had here up front so hopefully he can fulfil that expectation and people will see what our players have already seen, and that’s that he’s got good quality.

“Hugo and Berbatov can play together, or we could even go with Petric and Berbatov. And then you’ve got Bryan Ruiz too but maybe then you need to go with a slightly different style.”

Half of the players that Jol brought in during the summer window were previously plying their trade in the Bundesliga – a domestic league that our Manager knows well.

The Dutchman secured the services of Petric from SV Hamburg, Sascha Riether from FC Cologne, and Ashkan Dejagah from VfL Wolfsburg.

“For me, it was quite obvious that after losing four strikers in the last six months, that we needed quality players and we did that with Petric,” he said. “That was an easy one because I knew him. He wanted to join us, he wanted to play in the Barclays Premier League, and he wanted to come to London, so that helped.

“Sascha Riether was at Cologne who got relegated and there’s not a lot of players who would like to play in the second division so that was an easy one as well. I knew Sascha from when he was at Wolfsburg when they were champions, in the same team as Dejagah.

“So they played in the same team together already so you don’t have to be a professor to come up with those sorts of solutions.”

With a considerable revolution having taken place throughout Fulham’s strikeforce, the role Marcello Trotta has to play is intriguing.

After scoring eight goals in as many games on loan at Wycombe Wanderers last season, Trotta caught the eye of the Football League but Jol insists the young Italian is needed at Craven Cottage.

“We’ve had some enquiries for Marcello but as the situation is now I need him here,” Jol explained. “He’s making big steps and even though we’ve had enquiries from clubs – some from abroad – to take him on loan, I would like to keep him here.

“Other players will get opportunities now. For example, John Arne Riise was injured a couple of weeks ago so [Matthew] Briggs came in against Manchester United and did well.”