Fulham Boss Jol admits dilemma over Bent’s role

Darren Bent of Fulham

Fulham manager Martin Jol has held talks with Darren Bent over his role in the team and has suggested he may have to settle for being a substitute.

The Dutchman is reluctant to play Bent alongside first-choice striker Dimitar Berbatov after his decision to field them together against Cardiff City backfired in a recent home defeat.

Jol insists Bent, who is on loan from Aston Villa, will still have a major part to play this season.

“I have always tried to get my players confident. They always have a good season with me and Bent will have a good season with me,” said Jol.

Fulham manager Martin Jol

Jol has plenty of attacking options.

“I’ve seen him a couple of times and spoken to him, and the conversation was private.

“It’s awful to tell players that they won’t start or that they won’t play but when I spoke to him I had to tell him a few nice things.

“I said it would be awful if I don’t use him in a proper way and he will be a good part of things this season. He has been a good part already.

“He knows what my intentions are, but it is not my intention to play Berbatov and Bent [together], I have to be honest.”

Bent, 29, netted the winner against Stoke on Saturday and has made seven appearances since his arrival at Craven Cottage.

He has scored three goals – all of them coming after he has come off the bench – and Fulham have lost all four matches he has started.

“Sometimes he can’t start,” Jol admitted.

“I was very happy with Bent coming on in the Stoke game. It’s great to have someone like Darren to come off the bench.

“My intentions are still to use Darren, and to get the best out of both him and Berbatov, but it’s not easy because you need time to work on that system.”

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

 

Follow West London Sport on Twitter
Find us on Facebook



Comments »

  1. Comment by Langley Fulham
    10/10/2013
    1:49 pm

    SPEECHLESS!!! I know have to get off the fence and admit the man obviously needs help.


  2. Comment by Dave
    11/10/2013
    8:46 am

    He will need to play Bent every week if he wants to get anything out this season.



TrackBack URL



More

Injured Fulham midfielder to have scan

August 26, 2014

McCormack gives Fulham derby victory

August 26, 2014

Fulham boss hails slimline McCormack

August 26, 2014

Fulham in talks to sign keeper Kiraly

August 26, 2014

Magath defiant after Fulham are thrashed

August 23, 2014

Woeful Fulham are thrashed at Derby

August 23, 2014

Fulham seal signing of Argentine Casasola

August 22, 2014

Under-fire Magath wants more time

August 21, 2014

Third defeat in a row for troubled Fulham

August 20, 2014

Fulham seal signing of midfielder Fazlic

August 15, 2014
    Advertise with West London Sport


West London Sport promotions