Premier League season preview: Fulham

Clint Dempsey
Fulham's hopes of a top-half finish this year may rest on the shoulders of USA international Clint Dempsey - if he stays at the club. Photo: PA

Fulham

Manager: Martin Jol

Position last season: 9th

Ground: Craven Cottage (Capacity: 24,525)

Players in: Mladen Petric (Hamburg, free), Hugo Rodallega (Wigan, free), Sascha Riether (Cologne, season-long loan).

Players out: Andrew Johnson, Orlando Sa, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Danny Murphy (all released), Marcel Gecov (Gent, undisclosed), Dickson Etuhu (Blackburn, undisclosed).

Key man: Clint Dempsey. Provided the American stays at Craven Cottage amid interest from Liverpool, he will be vital to Fulham's push for a place in the top half. A haul of 23 goals in all competitions last year makes Dempsey the Cottagers' main attacking threat.

Chances: After a sluggish start following their Europa League campaign, Jol's side settled into form last season - but in an increasingly competitive league, a top-half finish may be beyond them this time around.

Where they'll finish: 13th

Hugo Rodallega
Hugo Rodallega has joined from Wigan on a free transfer in a smart piece of business. Credit: PA