Speaking after Fulham’s 4-1 home loss to Sunderland on Saturday, Coach Rene Meulensteen talked about his hopes for USA captain Clint Dempsey, who has returned to Craven Cottage in a two-month loan from the Seattle Sounders. Dempsey played 79 minutes on the left-wing in the loss to Sunderland, registering two shots on goal and one chance created.
“Clint’s a fit boy and that comes pretty quickly,” Meulensteen said. “The more minutes and games he gets under his belt the quicker that will all come. It won’t take long for him to be right back up there.” The Dutchman added that the key for Dempsey will be to get on the scoresheet and let his momentum build. “If he could have got his head on one of those crosses in the second half it would have been good for his confidence,” he said. “He’s just got to keep working, but that’s his character and that’s exactly what we know he will do.”
In his first spell at Craven Cottage, Dempsey scored 50 goals in 184 Premier League appearances from 2007 to 2012; 29 of those goals came in his final two seasons where he often played as a striker instead of as a left-winger.