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 was quick to heap praise on club legend Dimitar Berbatov, as the Cottagers fan answered several questions on the exploits of the Bulgarian striker during his time at Craven Cottage.
Berbatov of course is well known to English and international football fans alike, with the towering centre forward having turned out for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Fulham during his spell in England, whilst the 38-year-old having scored 243 goals in 605 games, in a career which including 20 goals for the Whites.
Jones was quick to voice his opinion on whether Berbatov was overrated during his time with the Cottagers, with our fan pundit replying:
“If we’re looking at the grand scheme of things over his whole career I don’t think you can call him overrated.
“He’s a Premier League Golden Boot winner and one of the most unique footballers to ever play in this country.
“However, if we’re strictly talking about his time at Fulham I think you have to say he was rated about right.
“He scored 15 league goals during his first campaign at Craven Cottage, and he filled a massive void after we lost Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele.
“I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that Berba was the most technically gifted player we’ve had over the past two decades, it’s just a shame that we couldn’t have seen more of it.”
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Jones was then asked whether he would’ve been open to bringing the Bulgarian back to the club if he was still playing and in his prime right now, to which he replied:
“Berbatov was undoubtedly a better player than Aleksandar Mitrovic, but if I was to say which player I’d rather have leading the line at Fulham right now I’d have to go for Mitro.
“The Serbian scored 11 times in the Premier League for us last term in one of the worst seasons the club has ever had in the top flight, while Berbatov netted 15 in a season where we comfortably avoided relegation.
“Mitrovic could easily be a 15-goal striker in the top flight one day if he’s put into a marginally better team, so I think I’d have to say that I wouldn’t have Berbatov back if he was in his prime, no.”
It is fair to say from our fan pundit’s comments that Berbatov was clearly rated highly by Fulham fans, however the enigmatic Bulgarian himself would probably admit that he was not at the peak of his powers during his time at the Cottage.