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Fulham and John Arne Riise: Deadwood

Fulham’s John Arne Riise has been speaking about his recent lack of football, and has admitted that he may leave Craven Cottage in the January transfer window.

“I speak to the gaffer all of the time. We both know how I’m thinking. I’m obviously not happy not playing.

I feel fit and if I get a chance I’m ready. If not, then we’ll look somewhere else to see if I can get a move.

I’ll remain professional, whether I’m going to leave or not. I always give 100 per cent in training and if I play, the gaffer knows that.

I’ll work hard until January and see what happens. If it doesn’t happen, then I’ll work hard until May.”

(Sky Sports)

Riise isn’t agitating, and he isn’t being unprofessional in any way - he’s really just being honest, and his frustration and desire to play is understandable.

The Norwegian was once a good player, and he was very valuable during his time at Anfield, but - with all due respect to him - he’s the very definition of the kind of player who shouldn’t be at Fulham. Riise has his medals, his international caps, and is now running down time on his career whilst still collecting a very generous wage. That’s not a personal attack on him, because he’s entitled to earn whatever a club is willing to pay him - but isn’t this situation rather symptomatic of the principle hunger and desire issues amongst the current squad?

He’s just one of the many second-hand players at Fulham, existing between the prime and their retirement.

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