Seems our American followers are galvanised into rushing to the defence of Team USA star Clint Dempsey whenever anyone posts reservations about his value to FFC.
My mailbag has not exactly been bulging, but nothing it seems currently quite polarises opinion more than discussions on Clint's potential future role under Hughes.
Let me say from the get-go I'm a big admirer of Clint's ability and attitude as a footballer. I think he's been a great asset to Fulham since arriving and I personally hold no grudge against him for that streaky goal that denied us a win in South Africa(!)
I'm neither a qualified coach, nor do I spend 5 days a week at Motspur Park with the lads out on the training ground. However, I can appreciate how Fulham managers past and present have sometimes scratched their heads over how best to fit Dempsey into the starting formation.
Lest we forget, when Hodgson kicked off the 2008 season Dempsey was in Woy's eyes seen as a fringe squad member. He forced his way back into the reckoning after coming on to grab a late equaliser at Portsmouth that Autumn.
Was he a striker? Whenever Fulham play Clint as the advanced striker - either as a sub or through injuries - he has to my mind invariably struggled. He is clearly not a recognised winger, though his control, skill on the ball and eye for goal do make him an attractive proposition offensively. He's also useful in the box with his head. But perhaps in tracking back and work rate overall the guys in the tracksuits see certain deficiences? Who knows.
I have yet to see the new boy in live action, but I sense Dembele has been acquired to be that quicksilver 'fox in the box' type of forward the side currently lacks. Again, untidy goals, tap ins and just being in the right place are not what Demps is all about. He's more likely to try his luck from range or go for the spectacular - viz away at Stoke and home to Juve last season.
It is as hard for many Fulham fanatics to contemplate Gera going back to the bench as it is for our American army to suggest Clint might be headed in the same direction. But I have a hunch Hughes is going to cast our Yank in the role of 'super-sub' in the weeks to come.
Unless Clint can persuade him otherwise through performances on the pitch. And for that priceless winner home to Liverpool in 2007 that saved our skins, Dempsey should always have a special place in our hearts.