Clint Dempsey: Loan Was Bad Move

Published: Feb 14, 2014 09:45am EST
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Feb 14, 2014 @ 09:45am EST


In a previous article for a previous sports website I had questioned the decision for Clint Dempsey to return to England and play for Fulham for a two month loan period. For my part I was unsure of how exactly it would benefit the player or the club he is contracted to, Seattle Sounders, with the risk of injury in a competitive setting all to real. 

In football there is a saying that you should never go back and this, I think, is one such case. The loan period comes to an end at the end of this month and an away trip to West Brom next Saturday will see his time at Fulham come to an end, hopefully injury free.

Since he moved to the Seattle Sounders last August he has been plagued by injuries and really didn’t get the chance to show the game changing player he can be. For me it would have been better for Dempsey to concentrate on getting his fitness back and get some pre season time in with his MLS club. Already he has missed a friendly with the Vancouver Whitecaps and while he is in England at next weeks game his side will be playing the Charleston Battery before they take on Houston Dynamo four days later. 

As it is the season kicks off with Seattle hosting Kansas City just over a week after the Dempsey loan period officially ends. Now it is possibly that Fulham will allow him to go back before that but questions still need to be raised about how seriously some of the players take the MLS. Is it a league they think they can just walk back into and get a decent paycheck from? Landon Donovan has been to England on loan in the MLS off season with varying success but has never really done it in the back of missing a good part of the previous MLS season. 

For David Beckham I think we all remember the signs held up when he returned to LA after his first loan spell at Milan in Italy. Yes it is true his loan spell did overlap a good portion of the MLS season but that was negotiated by both Milan and LA with the initial loan period extended on March 2nd.  

So back to Dempsey and his first start for Fulham came against Norwich in the FA Cup, that game saw a great number of changes from the boss after a hectic Christmas schedule, substituted off in the next game and missing completely from the FA Cup replay. 

The question is was the loan move worth it for Seattle? Well that is a question we will only have the answer to in time and with the World Cup in June he will have less than three months to get fans back onside. To be fair I think the move was made with the idea he would be involved in more games and therefore have more playing time to get to that match fitness level but the reality has been that he would probably have been better to stay with his team mates, take the January to recover and start the season, with his team mates, to ensure they start the season all pulling in the same direction and all with an understanding that games together would give you.   


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  • Anonymous   Mar 15, 2014 @ 09:48AM
    First paragraph - it should be spelled "too" real. Just saying. -

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