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Martin Jol hails target man Bobby Zamora

last updated Thursday 01st December 2011, 10:48 AM

Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager
Martin Jol
Martin Jol
Fulham manager Martin Jol has hailed Fulham striker Bobby Zamora as one of the Premier League's top target men and has backed him to lead the England line at Euro 2012.

The 30-year-old has flourished at Craven Cottage since joining from West Ham in 2008, leading to several call-ups to the Three Lions team.

Zamora started for Fabio Capello's side against Sweden earlier this month and Fulham boss Jol believes the London-born striker will go to Poland and Ukraine next summer.

However, the Dutchman rejected the notion that Zamora could struggle with fatigue due to Premier League and UEFA Europa League exertions.

"We feel we have a situation where we have players that can replace him if it is getting a problem," said Jol, whose side face FC Twente on Thursday evening.

"I think he has a good rhythm now and if there is a physical problem, he will tell me. We will make an assessment and I feel Bobby is a typical number nine for us.

"He is different playing for England and, while you can always pick up an injury, I feel he has a great chance of going to the European Championships.

"Bobby is a target man and holds up the ball. He does that very well and is probably the best in England or one of the best.

"The only thing you hope for is by the end of the season he gets an average of 10 or 12 goals and I am 100 per cent certain [he will].

"Clint [Dempsey] did that before as a wide player, scoring 13 goals in the league."

Zamora impressed in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Arsenal, although quotes from Jol after the match suggested he needs to become more prolific.

Asked about the comments, the Cottagers manager said: "No, I said there are more goals in us, [from] Clint Dempsey, Andrew Johnson, Bobby Zamora, Mousa Dembele and Bryan Ruiz.

"I think there are more goals in us but it is only about scoring once. I am 100% certain we will do that and defensively we are good. In the last 10 games away from home we conceded six.

"In the last five in the league, we conceded three so we are pretty organised and we create chances, as you saw against Arsenal."

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