Former Fulham captain Les Strong has heaped praise on Clint Dempsey for his brilliant contribution since joining the club.

The USA international has emerged as one of the West London clubs key players over the last few seasons with his input of 16 league goals a major reason as to why the Cottagers sit in the top half of the table.

Strong, who made over 400 appearances between 1972 and 1983, is the latest to laud Dempsey for his efforts and suggests the 29-year old Texan will take out a second successive Fulham Player of the Year award.

"The boy deserves a lot of credit because every season he has improved. The current campaign arguably stands as his best yet; he's been outstanding and 22 goals in all competitions is terrific," Strong told the club's official website.

"And let's not forget, many of those goals have come from a midfield position too. That record would be good for an out-and-out striker, but he's not. It's not just the goals though, he has two good feet, he's clever with his movement, he puts himself about and there aren't too many that are better in the air. He has got a lot to offer and he's now one of our most important players.

"That's where you'd put your money, isn't it?" added Strong regarding the 2011/12 prize.

"He's scored the goals and captured the headlines. He'd have certainly worked hard for it, that's for sure."

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