Martin Jol insists he was happy with Fulham’s business in the transfer window as he prepared to integrate his four new loan signings into his squad.
The Dutch coach had revealed that he was ‘very close’ to concluding a deal for Tom Huddlestone but had to settle for finalising a number of short-term deals with players who has had worked with before. Having already taken Emmanuel Frimpong on loan from Arsenal, Jol also brought in Urby Emmanuelson, Eyong Enoh and Stanilslav Manolev on deadline day and feels Fulham will have the strength to push up the table in the second half of the season.
Jol admitted many of the new arrivals weren’t regulars with their parent clubs but believes their qualities could come in handy for Fulham over the next few weeks.
We have to be honest. Most of these players haven’t played a lot for their clubs. That’s what you have to do take them when they are bad, when they are left-overs. We had targets on the left and in midfield and we couldn’t get them but I was still happy to get Urby, who is a character and good player, and also Eyong Enoh.
Jol also remains confident that Fulham can secure another season in the top flight.
First you need 36, 37 points. After that you know about 40 points, it’s always the same. If we’d beaten United and had 31 points now it would be finished. But if you’ve got to wait for that until the last game of the season, you’ll probably end up in hospital just before that, which is not what you want!