Fulham Need More Strikers Says Jol
By Oliver Wilson
Fulham still need to sign at least one more striker before the end of the August transfer window according to manager Martin Jol.
The Cottagers have lost four forwards over the last 6-months, with Bobby Zamorra and Andy Johnson heading across town to Queens Park Rangers, Pavel Pogrebnyak and Orlando Sa have moved on to Reading and AEL Limassol respectively.
Jol said: “I was a bit disappointed to see Pogrebnyak go because we wanted to keep him, but it was impossible so that was the third [striker to leave], Orlando Sa was the 4th one. We got Mladen [Petric] and [Hugo] Rodallega in, so we need at least one or maybe two other ones.”
The Dutch manager has been pleased with how both his two new signings have performed in pre-season, although he does admit that Rodallega needs a little more time before he’s fully match fit.
“He [Rodallega] had quiet a serious ankle injury so he was out for three or four weeks, and that is quite a long time if you are working hard to get your fitness, so I think he’ll need two or three weeks.
“We know he can play on the left but he can certainly play up front with Petric and, with a big man, he can play as a second striker.
“Petric was leaving hamburg on a free so I thought if he’s not doing well there I’ll take him.
“He is a Croatian in the national team who scored, for example, against England, I think it was a winner as well. He’s scored a lot of goals.
“I knew Petric [from Hamburg] and he’s scored five goals for us in five games so hopefully he’ll do it again in the next couple of months.”
With his new signings almost in place, Jol is still struggling to work out his best 11 for the new season.
“It’s always difficult of course to choose a lineup,” added Jol.
“You need 18 or 19 players for the season and that is what we aim for, to get a good squad.”