Tomas Kalas has backed Fulham to push for promotion under Slavisa Jokanovic this season after claiming the Whites look even better than recently promoted Middlesbrough.
The centre back arrived at Craven Cottage on loan from Chelsea in July after spending last season with Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough.
Boro went on to finish second in the Championship and claim automatic promotion, led by the likes of Gaston Ramirez, Stewart Downing and Cristhian Stuani.
And following Fulham's summer splurge, signing 13 first team players while converting Michael Madl's loan into a permanent deal, defensive partner Kalas believes the Cottagers have the strength in depth to match - or even beat - the bar set by Karanka's men.
"When i see the squad here, I think we've got even stronger squad than Middlesbrough had," the 23-year-old said.
"I think so. We've got many players, many offensive players, we play very well in a shape defensively, we can build up on it and offensively we've got even better players.
"I don't want to say that Middlesbrough had bad players, obviously we had really good players, that's why we got promoted.
"Why not with these players? If you see the names, the quality, I think we should chase promotion, that's the aim, hopefully everyone will play at his best and not take too much from the Birmingham game."
The defender was farmed out by west London neighbours Chelsea having been on the Blues' books since 2010.
But the Czech youngster, who has only made four appearances in total for the Stamford Bridge side in six years, has refused to rule out a future at the club - but hinted he is enjoying his stay with the Whites.
He added: "It is difficult to say, I can't say no, I can't say yes. I have had many years to play for them, but I haven't played.
"I don't want to say that I don't want to play for them - that's why i joined Chelsea.
"I am trying to find a way to develop, to improve myself, and that is coming with games that I could play in.
"So I came to Fulham with the vision that i may play as many games as i can and hopefully improve myself this way - it's the quickest way to improve.
"The club worked well with all their signings, we have got a really strong squad. Not just in terms of quality, but in terms of players standing in row waiting to get on the pitch.
"Nobody can afford too many mistakes, so it is good to have that in a team. Everyone will chase himself to play as good as he can."