Date: 12th February 2009 at 4:55pm
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Some Fulham supporters were puzzled by the signing of Giles Barnes whilst others were excited.

I guess it depends on whether you believe that Barnes can overcome his perennial injury problems to show us the great talent he possesses.

Speaking to the media it`s something that Roy Hodgson is acutely aware of when he remarks,

‘Giles is a gamble on the basis that he was out for a long time with his patella injury. He’s got back in the last couple of months and got back into the Derby side and has actually done quite well, often as a substitute, but he’s done well.’

‘I remember watching him play two years ago, before the injury and he stuck me as being a very exciting talent. I don’t think he’s as fully fit as he could be at the moment but that’s our job to help him work on that. In Giles we’ve got a very exciting player because he’s got skill which maybe the other players don’t have. He’s a good runner with the ball, he’s very much and offensive midfield player.’

‘So bringing him into the Club was a very simple decision to make. We really don’t have very much to lose by bringing him here and we do have a lot to gain. It’s the same for him as well, he doesn’t have a lot to lose by coming to join us but he does have a lot to gain. It’s a nice situation to be in because we’re motivated to getting him going and he’s very interested to show what he can do in the Premiership.’


Earlier I mentioned the split in the two camps regarding Barnes, I have to admit I`m in the second camp, his presence excites me and if he only gets to play half a dozen games between now and the end of the season I`m convinced he`ll make a difference.

 

6 Replies to “Fulham – What Do We Expect From Barnes?”

  • i certainly hope so… i honestly don’t know much about him, i didn’t see many derby games last year… but if he’s an exciting player, then he’ll be a fan favorite

  • I am also in the excited camp. He is a very good player who will be able to give us another dimension to our football. Cant wait for him to get a few games under his belt.

  • I have no idea what to expect, but I’d like to see him take the field soon. Our trip to Old Trafford seems like a perfect occasion. As I recall, he put two in the back of net against United in the Carling Cup.

  • He’s a bloody exciting talent. Derby were lucky to hold on to him till now…. But injuries have hampered his career. I have him in my FIfa 09’s Barca team. He’s 92 ovr! 😀

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