Midfield Options

Saturday 2 March 2013 09:00

Martin Jol is pleased that he now has a selection headache when it comes to choosing his midfield.

The Fulham Manager added the loan trio of Emmanuel Frimpong, Urby Emanuelson and Eyong Enoh to his ranks in January, whilst the long-serving Simon Davies has recovered from a series of injuries that have ruled him out of the 2012/13 season so far.

“Frimpong is getting better and better,” Jol said. “I think he did ever so well when he played for us against Norwich City. We had one or two players who had to leave the hotel [before the match] so he had to play from the start and he did well. He’s fully fit now so he can play from the start if I want.

“I think Sunderland away is a game that suits him, but it suits Urby as well and Enoh is there and it suits him as well because he’s a similar player to Frimpong. Giorgos Karagounis can play that role, as can Steve Sidwell, so I’ve got a few choices.”

Eyong Enoh made another appearance for Kit Symons’ Under-21 side against Chelsea on Friday evening and Jol is looking forward to having the Cameroon international at his disposal.

“Enoh hasn’t featured over the last three or four months – not for Ajax and not for us,” Jol said. “But it’s good to have him around because he’s a very good player.

“But, of course, he lacks a bit of match fitness. Frimpong is a similar player so, for me, it’s better than before because I had Mahamadou Diarra but if he’s not fit then you end up with a problem. So I’m quite happy that Frimpong is here and, of course, Enoh will try to get his fitness back.”

Fans’ favourite Davies has not represented the First Team in a competitive match since the 5-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers almost exactly one year ago.

The winger has been involved in some of the Whites’ most incredible moments over the years and Jol has challenged the 33-year-old to fight his way back into his starting XI.

“Simon Davies is close to coming back,” he said. “He’s fit, actually, but I have a lot of players now – 24, 25 players – so the decision is whether I put him in the squad because I’ve got four or five options on the flanks. It was not a decision against him but I couldn’t involve him as I had too many players.

“The situation with Simon is that you would like your players to be productive and he was probably injured for half the time, maybe more, so hopefully he can stay fit. I’ve got an idea that he can still prove himself again because that is what he did in the past. He was a big player for Fulham Football Club.”