This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Football League World’s Fulham fan pundit Charles Jones has given his thoughts on a fantasy swap decision that would involve Fulham legend Clint Dempsey and current Whites captain Tom Cairney, with the fan pundit giving his opinion on who he would prefer.
Dempsey of course was brilliant during his time at Craven Cottage, with the American playmaker scoring 60 goals in over 230 games for the capital based club, whilst also laying on 21 assists for his teammates.
Whilst current Fulham skipper Cairney, in comparison, has netted 33 goals and layed on 27 assists in just over 150 appearances for the Craven Cottage outfit, thus forming a key component of their current side over the last few seasons.
Which player is better?
We decided to ask Jones if he would swap an in-form, prime Clint Dempsey for Tom Cairney right now, and here is what our Fulham fan pundit had to say on the matter:
“As much as I love Tom Cairney it’s impossible to not say that Dempsey was the better player, especially when he was at his best.
“I think the wider footballing world doesn’t really give Dempsey the credit he deserves when it comes to what he achieved in the Premier League.
“I can’t imagine what the American would be like if he was in this team in this division, but I’d definitely swap him for Cairney.”
The fan pundit then gave his opinion on which player is the better out of the two, with his answer being the following:
“I think that some Fulham fans would try and make a case for Cairney being better than Dempsey, but you’ve got to look at what they’ve both achieved at the highest levels.
“The Scotland international had pretty much no impact in the top-flight last season, while Dempsey is our all-time leading scorer in the Premier League, and he was also a key component to our incredible Europa League run.
“Dempsey’s performances earned him a move to Tottenham, while Cairney has never had that sort of attention from a club of that stature.”
A perhaps unsurprising verdict from our fan pundit, who was quick to talk up Dempsey’s legendary status:
“For me, Dempsey embodies everything Fulham were about in the Premier League under the ownership of Mohamed Al Fayed, we had a massive influx of American players and he was the most successful of all of them.”
It is clear from the comments made by our fan pundit that Dempsey is still held in such high regard by the Craven Cottage faithful after all these years, however there is no reason why Cairney cannot go on to achieve legendary status for the west Londoners in the years to come.