Clint Dempsey Loan More About Player Growth Than Fulham's Season Success

By Phil Naegely
Clint Dempsey
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Last week it was announced that Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey would go on a two-month loan with Fulham FC. The EPL side is struggling to find the net and win games. As a result, they currently sit in 18th place and in danger of being relegated. However, Dempsey’s decision to play for his former team is more about his own success than Fulham’s hopeful climb out of the relegation zone.

Fulham’s defense has been horrible this year. With bringing in Dempsey the defense does not get any better. The only thing getting better will be Dempsey and possibly Fulham’s offense. Dempsey is making the loan because of the 2014 World Cup, and he wants to be in top form ahead of the start of Major League Soccer‘s season as well.

He will miss part of the Seattle Sounders’ preseason, but it is more imperative for the striker to get in form. When he made the jump to MLS last season he struggled to fit in, become a productive Sounders’ player, and find the net. If Dempsey can find his groove and get some goals behind him his confidence will be high as he returns to Seattle and plays for USMNT. With high confidence, Dempsey will take more shots on goal.

If Jozy Altidore‘s high confidence from World Cup qualifying or the 2013 Gold Cup is any indication, it will be good for Dempsey to get a few goals behind him. Dempsey will be very hard to defend, and his shots will come from farther out.

Dempsey’s loan to Fulham is about him finding his scoring and quality play he failed to showcase when he came to Seattle. If he can do so, Seattle and USMNT fans will be pleased.

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