Dimitar Berbatov is something of an enigma, arguably one of the planets most talented players, possessing control, touch and creativity unrivalled at times and a cool head when it comes to scoring goals, yet for all the flair his work rate and apparent laziness on the pitch highlight the fine line between genius and madness.
It is his battle with genius and his personality traits that lead to frustration, indecision and a need for change and according to his agent Emil Danchev, the Fulham striker has revealed that he hopes to leave the club in January, with that in mind… what’s next for the talented 32 year-old?
Berbatov has endured a torrid start to the season finding the back of the net on just two occasions but I’m not entirely sure he can be to blame for that as the ball retention at Craven Cottage has been poor and virtually no creativity means the chances have not been there, making his unfruitful run a scapegoat for the results that ultimately cost Martin Jol his job.
Talking about his client’s latest mood, Dantchev said, as quoted by The Independent: "I don't usually speculate as nobody knows what will happen in January but what I can tell you is he (Berbatov) is not happy at Fulham.
"He would like, if possible, to find another option."
Dantchev then added that the man he represents would prefer to remain in the Premier League, despite obvious interest from around Europe, saying: “I cannot comment (on whether there has been any approach) but the priority is to find a solution to stay in England."
Of the European interest, Barcelona are the most glamorous suitors and with Lionel Messi out injured then perhaps Berbatov could be the man to fill his boots, I know that it’s a big task replacing the four time Ballon d’Or winner but I’m convinced that the Bulgarian could do a job in Spain as his pinpoint accuracy and vision means that he could sit in the pocket behind Neymar and create numerous chances while his winning mentality which has seen him lift both the Champions League and Premier League titles also shows that he has what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
Another possible option would be to travel to Turkey with The Mirror reporting that there is interest from Trabzonspor who would be keen to take the forward as they search for much needed goals.
Should Berbatov leave Craven Cottage in the next few weeks then there is no doubt that he will be missed and for me it is vital that new manager Rene Meulensteen does not only everything he can to keep his first choice striker but add players that will bring out the best in him.
If not then the already relegation-threatened Cottagers who sit in 18th place in the league could lose the most important fight of all, survival.
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