Former Fulham star Brede Hangeland has admitted he hopes his former club can target automatic promotion this season, despite their slow start.
Speaking exclusively to GetWestLondon Digital Football Writer Mark Ritson, the former Norway skipper has given his view on the Cottagers.
Hangeland, who now works in television back in his homeland covering the Premier League, knows how tough it will be to get out of the Championship.
"I have to say because my job is so focused on the Premier League, I haven't been able to follow Fulham as much, but of course I follow their results," said Hangeland.
"I was hoping for a better start this season and I felt this was the year Fulham could challenge for automatic promotion.
"Hopefully that is still the case but it's tough league, the Championship. They need to get out it if they can.
"I think the manager there, he seems like he knows what he's doing so I hope it comes together during the season. It's probably a bit disappointing with their start.
And he hopes his former club can get back to where they belong in the top flight.
"I am waiting for the day Fulham get back in the Premier League as they deserve to be there in my book," said Hangeland.
"They need one good season to go up but I also know how tough it will be for them to get promoted, so for me I wish them all the best.
"It's just going to be a battle every week."