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Martin Jol faces a challenge reassembling Fulham's squad this summer

Martin Jol faces a challenge reassembling Fulham's squad this summer

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Martin Jol faces a challenge reassembling Fulham's squad this summer

Martin Jol is expecting another summer of change to Fulham's midfield, with a host of players' futures up in the air.

After losing the likes of Clint Dempsey, Mousa Dembele and Danny Murphy last year, there again looks set to be another high turnover of midfielders at Craven Cottage. Giorgos Karagounis, Mahamadou Diarra, Chris Baird and Simon Davies have all yet to extend their contracts past the end of the season.

The on-loan quartet of Urby Emanuelson, Emmanuel Frimpong, Stanislav Manolev and Eyong Enoh also see their stays expire in the summer. Jol knows he has some tough decisions to make over the coming months, and the Dutchman said: "We have to do something."

He added: "If you look at the defence, I think we are fine. If you look at the midfield, I think Steve Sidwell is probably the only one left if you think of all the players we had six or seven months ago.

"Up front, Mladen Petric we will talk to him as he is on a one-year deal (which expires). Sascha Riether we have an option in his loan (to make it permanent) and we will probably take that.

"For the rest, I don't see any problem but in midfield we can do something because there is only one or two left. Karagounis is also on a one-year deal so Sidwell is probably the only one who is on a long-term contract."

As well as shoring up his midfield, Jol wants to bring in a new goalkeeper. Regular number one Mark Schwarzer has yet to sign a new deal past the summer and understudy David Stockdale, currently on loan at Hull, is frustrated at a lack of opportunities in west London.

"Mark Schwarzer is for us almost a hero," said Jol. "He saves games for us so I would like him to stay but we are looking for a goalkeeper.

"Neil Etheridge is young and has no experience. He will go on loan, 100 per cent, to gain experience to be the number one in the future.

"We have Csaba Somogyi, who was man-of-the-match four times out of the last six games at Dartford, but we still look for a goalkeeper. We are looking for a good goalkeeper so if Mark decides to stay I have two good goalkeepers, plus Stockdale because he is still there. I have to talk to him."

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