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Clint Dempsey feels Fulham should be back amongst the Premier League’s top ten come the end of the season.

The Cottagers recorded top ten finishes under Roy Hodgson and Mark Hughes but have endured a stop-start beginning to Martin Jol’s tenure at the club. The American midfielder thinks there is enough quality in the club’s squad to propel them up the table, however:

We are where we are and I think we need to get on a streak and get some wins in a row. We will be fine. We have the quality to be a top half team. The play we have shown we should be higher.

Dempsey doesn’t feel that playing so soon after a big European night against Wisla Krakow should hinder the side, either.

You’ve just got to see it as a positive. We have a good squad and a lot of depth, you can rotate if needs be. And, if you have a bad game, there are a lot of games in quick succession so you have a chance to right your wrongs.

It’s always good to look ahead to the next game and in your career you want to play in as many games as you can. I enjoy playing in every game I can possibly play in because you can’t play forever, so you want to maximise your career.

The Texan, who was this week voted as the US Player of the Year for the second time, has fond memories of making his debut against Spurs.

Yes, I came on and I think I stole the ball and passed it to Murphy. He played it to Montella who got fouled, which resulted in a penalty, that he scored. We drew the game. That was my first memory and it was great to get in and play against a team like Tottenham.