Martin Jol believes Lukas Podolski is like Clint Dempsey

10:59 10 November 2012


Arsenal's Lukas Podolski celebrates scoring the second goal against Olympiakos in the previous round of the Champions League. Photo credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS


Fulham manager Martin Jol is wary of the threat of Arsenal duo Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, comparing the German forward to Tottenham star Clint Dempsey.

Arsenal appear to be badly missing the goals of Robin van Persie following the Footballer of the Year’s summer defection to Manchester United.

“Podolski will always score at least 15 goals,” he said.

“He comes from the left, he plays on the left, so he’s like Clint Dempsey almost.

“Podolski always did that in Germany, so I think he will do that again.

“That will probably make things better for them.

“Everyone wanted Giroud last year. He was top scorer in France and I think he was a very good buy.

“He maybe needs a couple of months and then he will score his goals.”

He added: “It’s a matter of how long do they need to gel these players together and be a strong unit again.

“Hopefully, that will take them a couple of weeks.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest Fulham news

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Fulham caretaker boss Peter Grant (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Peter Grant says Sakari Mattila, Richard Steadman, Tom Cairney and the returning Scott Parker all barely trained ahead of the 1-1 draw with Preston.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Fulham's Tom Cairney

Ross McCormack rescued a point for Fulham with a stunning right-footed free-kick against Preston but who stood out for the home side in their 1-1 draw?

Friday, November 27, 2015
Ross McCormack of Fulham (L) is congratulated by Jamie O'Hara.  (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Charlton, QPR and Fulham all face home Championship matches this Saturday afternoon but who will be involved and who is likely to miss out?

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Birmingham manager Gary Rowett on the touchline  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Gary Rowett is 1/3 to be Fulham’s next manager after a flurry of bets during the last 24 hours but QPR are no closer to appointing a Chris Ramsey replacement.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

The latest headlines from the capital on this bitterly cold Wednesday morning.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Read more

You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Read more

Latest Tech News