Fulham manager Martin Jol has confirmed the club is scouring the transfer market for a strike partner to Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov.
According to a report from Sky Sports, the Dutch manager has made it clear to the team management that he wants a new striker before the start of the season to ease the pressure of star striker Berbatov. Jol watched on from the sidelines as his side failed to find the back of the net in a 1-0 friendly defeat at the hands of German giants Werder Bremen.
New goalkeeper signing Maarten Stekelenburg was the main reason the club managed to come out of the match with a respectable score line but the lack of attacking potency up front was there for all to see and Jol wants a new forward player to add flair to the team’s attacking displays.
Dimitar Berbatov was the star man for Fulham last season as he scored 15 goals for the London side in 33 appearances but they found their season petering out to mid table obscurity once the Bulgarian striker hit a patch of rough phase in the season. Jol signed the Bulgarian who had previously played under him at Tottenham Hotspur for a cut price fee from Manchester United and he admits without the influence of Berbatov, the team would have really struggled and that is why, he doesn’t want to solely rely on the former Bayer Leverkusen man this season.
But Jol has also confirmed that they are looking for the right player for the club rather than going out and signing whoever they find in front of them and going for a quick fix. He added the team needs quality like that of Dimitar Berbatov, someone who will play a foil to him and take up the mantle from him.