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Hugo Rodallega could play his way into World Cup squad

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The departure of Dimitar Berbatov in January opened up the door for another striker at Fulham. Even though he wasn't picked by Felix Magath until now, the German will have to reconsider his first team options and allow the best players, like this one, to start matches. 

Ex-Wigan player had to fight for his current spot in the team since the arrival at Craven Cottage in July 2012. Just a month later, the Bulgarian Berbatov came into the club and ruined his plans as he became a second striker, most of the time coming off the bench. No wonder the 28-year-old was benched after scoring just three goals in 29 league matches.

His troubles didn't stop there as Fulham brought in two more strikers - Darren Bent (on loan from Aston Villa) and Konstantinos Mitroglou. Also, English youngster Cauley Woodrow played a few matches for the Londoners. 

Following Falcao's injury, Berbatov had signed a contract with AS Monaco due to his dismissal from the English club. Bent took over the rudder of the attack, but also hasn't showed great skills, scoring only three goals this season.

In the meantime, Martin Jol has been sacked and Magath came to the club's rescue, replacing the temporary manager Rene Meulensteen in February. Bottom of the table wasn't the position fans and the club were expecting. Some drastic changes were made like sending Bryan Ruiz out on loan and getting Lewis Holtby and William Kvist in. 

The 60-year-old tried to enforce a different approach, giving more playing time to youngsters - Patrick Roberts, Moussa Dembele (not the one from Tottenham) and Woodrow.

The team continued with bad performances and finally, Rodallega was included in the first team. Last two matches were won by The Whites, only thanks to him, as the striker scored against Norwich and Aston Villa. 

His World Cup call-up is still uncertain, because there is plenty of great Colombian strikers running for the spot, such as Luis Muriel, Carlos Bacca and Jackson Martinez. But if Magath continues to provide him games at Fulham, anything is possible.


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