Sometimes I feel that I am the only one who feels that the loan move back to the Premiership side Fulham for Clint Dempsey is a move filled with danger and not much reward for the player. Fulham says it is a great move for their club, and yes it is. They are sinking like a stone in the Premier League and will reach out for anything being thrown their way. In football, however, there is a saying that you should never go back. That should have been shouted at Dempsey very loudly by his advisers, Sigi Schmid and especially loudly from US National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Since moving for $9 million to the Seattle Sounders in August he has been plagued with injuries which has kept him out of both the Sounders season and also some of the US games. As such, January and February should be months for him to got to the gym, get his fitness regime put in place and see his doctors to make sure he is as good as he possibly can be before the MLS season starts and the Seattle Sounders host Sporting Kansas City on March 8. More importantly, though, the body should be looked after for the little summer tournament in Brazil called the World Cup.
Instead he opted to go back and risk his legendary status at Fulham, which will be questioned if his performances are below par, along with upsetting a lot of Seattle fans if he comes back injured for the start of the season. During his two months in London he potentially will be involved in five relegation battles, two London derbies and fixtures against Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. He may potentially add another three games to that if they use him in the FA Cup game against Norwich City and then progress.
If he gets through the two months without injury then that would be the best Jurgen Klinsmann could hope for. For me, I would like to see Dempsey take this time off to get himself ready for what will be the last big season for him. At 30 years old you have to think this may very well be his last World Cup. Yes, I understand he could wrap himself in cotton wool and then go break his leg in the opening MLS game, but that is a risk you take. It is a scheduled game and just plain unlucky. What Dempsey is doing with this move is increasing that risk unnecessarily.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on Facebook.