Having sensed a new mood of optimism at Craven Cottage this week, exclusive news of the Fulham team sheet from February
RB CB CB LB
Paintsil Hughes Hangeland Warnock
MF MF MF MF MF
Dembele Baird Sidwell Adam Bentley
Subs: Schwarzer, Briggs, Murphy (player-coach), Duff, Davies, Etuhu, Senderos
Manager: Mark Hughes
Director of Football: Phil Mison
Yes, yes I know - where is our current top scorer and darling of the Yanks Mr Clint. Sell at the top of the market for £8 million - probably to a club in desperate straits like Liverpool, take whatever you can get for AJ, Kamara, Dikgacoi, Riise etc and that more than funds the new arrivals. As for Gera, he's too good to be stuck on the bench. It's a wrench, but at his age, give him a move where he will get first-team football.
I admire Dempsey as much as the next fan, but of all the components that make up a successful side, that eleven above to me blends balance, experience, pace on the flanks and strength. The one addition you might want to recruit would be a genuine target man as cover for BZ - and not 'make do and mend' with makeshift strikers as we've been doing since September.
ANYONE WANT TO ARGUE WITH THAT?
Get moving Mark, all of the above is so doable!