TWO turbulent transfer windows made securing Premier League survival difficult for Fulham, according to manager Martin Jol.
Fulham head into Sunday's final-day clash at Swansea on the back of a run of five straight defeats in a disappointing end to the season for Jol's men.
The club are safe though, having reached the magical 40-point mark following a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa in early April, and Jol is a relieved man.
The Dutchman believes losing star duo Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele (pictured) to Spurs on transfer deadline day last August was a major blow to club.
And bringing three loanees, Urby Emanuelson, Stanislav Manolev and Eyong Enoh, in on the final day of the January window meant the trio had little time to bed in.
Jol reckons Fulham were the most unsettled team in the league last season given all the changes and considers survival a decent achievement in the circumstances.
He said: “If you look at the changes and the problems we had and I always play with an English spine, we couldn’t quite find the balance. Of course Berbatov was here but without him we wouldn’t have had those 14 goals in the league, so in hindsight it was good to have him here. Even Petric scoring five goals without really playing and [Mahamadou] Diarra helped us big time but he was injured.
“I feel that we were probably the most unsettled team of all after the transfer windows and to still be in this league was our first priority. Of course, if you consider us a top-10 club, we are twelfth now, but if we win on Sunday I think we can finish tenth or eleven. It’s close and it wasn’t good in the last seven games.”
Jol has already recruited Sascha Riether on a permanent deal for next season.