Sunday 17 December 2017

Jol: Pogrebnyak to fill Zamora void

FULHAM boss Martin Jol believes new signing Pavel Pogrebnyak can fill the void left by Bobby Zamora.

The 31-year-old England striker left for west London rivals QPR on transfer deadline day, leaving the home side bereft of attacking ideas as they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Brom last night.

Fulham's starting line-up was without a recognised striker and it showed.

That said, Jol believes the Cottagers will recover from his departure and backed Russian Pogrebnyak to shine after his late move from Stuttgart.

"He has got a good record," said Jol. " He has 45 caps for Russia and his coaches Dick Advocaat and Guus Hiddink were complimentary of him.

"They said he was a good boy who works hard for the team so I was really happy to get him in."


Pogrebnyak has a deal until the end of the season to replace Zamora, who left for what could be worth £6m-plus.

"You would have to ask Bobby (why he left) but for us it was the best we could do," Jol added.

With Pogrebnyak not registered in time and Andrew Johnson and Mousa Dembele injured, Clint Dempsey started in attack against Albion, and the makeshift frontman did not shirk his responsibilities, tucking home midway through the second half.

However, the Cottagers lacked a cutting edge and West Brom made them pay when substitute Somen Tchoyi netted on 82 minutes.

Albion boss Roy Hodgson, on his return to Craven Cottage, said: "It was nice to come here and get the point. The reception I got from the crowd - that made it a nice evening."

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