Fulham boss Jol excited by new-look attacking trio

Fulham boss Martin Jol is excited about the attack he's built over the summer.

Fulham boss Martin Jol is excited about the attack he's built over the summer.

The Dutch coach is convinced Adel Taarabt and Dimitar Berbatov can play together, and will not be a luxury for the long season ahead.

The Fulham boss said: "If you are a team like we are it is always nice to be able to get players like Adel Taarabt. Eighteen months ago he was valued at £15m to go to PSG, I wanted him when I was at Hamburg, I wanted him at Ajax and on this basis to get him on a free is really good.

"And Darren Bent to be honest too. He was £15m when we bought him for Spurs and £23m when he went to Aston Villa, so to get him on a loan basis is great.

"I have seven or eight like that and it is nice to collect these players. We have got them because they were not doing well at their club but hopefully they will do well at our club now. My priority is to get them to 100 per cent.

"Is it a gamble? It is a better gamble than signing players who were maybe in the Championship. Last year Berbatov came to us three or four days before the transfer window closed and scored 18 goals for us and probably saved our season. It is nice to have all of these qualities. The only thing is how well will they play together?

"Like Berbatov, Taarabt is unbelievable on the ball and they have to do it every week. Adel is a young kid and young player and I think he was involved in 40 goals in the Championship but you have to wait to see what they can do in the Premier League. I saw Adel play against us last season and they beat us 2-1 and he scored two goals, so maybe it is small evidence but it is good evidence for me.

"I saw him in training for a week and he is a wizard on the ball and he can play for us. He will be good but players like him are always in a situation where people probably blame them for results when they go wrong. He is a good footballer and the defensive part is not one of his favourite hobbies, that’s for sure, but he worked hard against Sunderland.

"That is impossible they are luxuries. But it is better to have them on the ball than not on the ball. We sit down and we speak about it and if you saw Berbatov on Saturday, he worked as hard as he ever has. If you give him one finger he gives you his hand."

 
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