Rarely has America produced the type of talent that engages the major European soccer clubs, but Clint Dempsey could well become the greatest soccer player in US history. Currently he plays for Fulham in the English Premier League. He is the team’s best playmaker and has amassed 23 goals for the team in all competitions this season.
Dempsey began his professional career in America. After growing up in Texas, he played in college for Furman University before entering the MLS draft. He played for the New England Revolution for three seasons and dazzled scouts from around the world.
In 2007, Dempsey was recruited to the English Premier League to join Fulham. He began his English career uncertainly, but he has improved each season and now is gathering calls from a wide array of teams, many of whom are major clubs.
Liverpool has been a shell of their former self the last few seasons and will be keen on improving their squad. Although they have potent strikers already in Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, adding Clint Dempsey to the mix could make the team an offensive power.
Liverpool was recently bought by an American investors group and it is of no surprise that they would chase an American player, especially one of Dempsey’s quality. They have revealed their interest in the player and could be in hot pursuit.
Another giant English club that may instigate a move is Arsenal. They are led by striker Robin van Persie and have already added Lukas Podolski to the side this summer, but they could also look to Dempsey to add more goals from the wing positions, which have been very inconsistent for the Gunners. Arsenal also has a large stake-holder from America in Stan Kroenke, and he could well like to see the American playing Champions League matches next season.
Clint Dempsey’s success is a bright spot for American soccer. Plenty of players have moved abroad, such as Tim Howard and Landon Donovan, but few have had Dempsey’s level of success. Earlier this season, the striker had a hat trick against Newcastle. This was the first hat trick by any American in the Premier League and put Dempsey on everyone’s radar.
Dempsey should be ready for the grand stage. He has performed well in multiple World Cups, scoring goals on two occasions. He has also performed well against major clubs, especially during Fulham’s 2010 Europa League semifinal match against Juventus of Italy. His brilliant chip goal at the end of the game was world class brilliance.
So where will Clint Dempsey move off to? My best guess is Liverpool, but I also suspect he may stay with Fulham. Although he has proven himself on the major stage, he is an integral player for Fulham, and the club could compel him to stay with a great contract offer. One thing is certain though. We will hear much transfer gossip and speculation regarding Clint Dempsey this summer.