Fulham manager Martin Jol admits his side are less dangerous than they were without Clint Dempsey among their number, and has lamented the loss of the USA international and former Cottager Mousa Dembele to Tottenham.
Dempsey scored 23 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for Fulham last season and joined Spurs on the final day of the summer transfer window, shortly after Dembele had swapped west London for a move to the north of the capital.
Spurs are flying high in the Premier League's top four with Dempsey and Dembele and White Hart Lane, with the former required to take on a more prominent role in Andre Villas-Boas' side following the injury to Jermain Defoe.
Dempsey is well versed with the requirements of a centre-forward, having often featured as striker for Jol last season in his most potent campaign for the Cottagers, and the Fulham manager says his club would be in the top 10 if they still had the 29-year-old to rely on.
"Our strikers never used to score a lot of goals. Now I think we're fine, but we don't have Clint. If Clint had stayed I think we would've been in the top 10", Jol said, as reported by Sky Sports.
"I feel we will score more goals than before, but we need the important and vital goals. Clint Dempsey scored all our winners last year."
"We sold our top scorer and he (Dempsey) was the top scorer for a couple of years. Last year he scored more goals than any year before - and Dembele was my best player, arguably."