Roy Hodgson prepares himself for flood of offers!
Roy Hodgson is bracing himself for several bids for in-form striker Bobby Zamora.
Zamora took his tally to 11 for the season on Saturday and has bagged six in his last seven matches.
Hodgson, and strike partner Andy Johnson, have even suggested the 28-year-old could earn a place in Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad.
The Fulham manager believes the striker’s eye for goal and physical presence could make him a target for clubs in this month’s January transfer window.
“There are not so many players of Bobby’s type playing in the Premier League and there are even fewer English ones playing in the Premier League,” said Hodgson.
“We used to produce a lot of big, strong, target-playing type centre-forwards and we were always lamenting the fact that we didn’t have the little, quick, tricky ones to play off them.
“Now it seems there is a dearth of target-player types so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we have calls for Bobby.” (Independent)
Whilst there is no denying that Bobby Zamora has gone a long way to silencing his many critics the suggestion that there are masses of potential suitors for the former Tottenham and West Ham man may be a tad unrealistic. Roy Hodgson is right to suggest that his striker has attributes that are fairly rare in the Premier League but there is a reason for that and that is that most clubs are not suited to playing in the manner that best suits the Fulham star.
Any interest in the 28 year old would surely only come from clubs currently lower in the top tier table than the Craven Cottage outfit and I am pretty sure that Zamora is very happy to remain at the west London club where he has flourished of late.
The London born forward has had an up and down career where his exploits at Brighton first brought him to the attention of Tottenham who then seemed to turn their back on their new signing after just six Premier League starts. He then had good spells at Upton Park and helped the east London side to promotion and now after an average first season at the club Zamora is doing the business at Fulham where he is not only something of a cult hero but he is also a hugely important player who Hodgson can ill afford to lose.