Former Fulham captain Danny Murphy believes the club are struggling to make an impact in the Championship this season as a result of selling some of their better players in the summer.
Scott Malone and Sone Aluko both left Craven Cottage for Huddersfield and Reading respectively in the transfer window and Slavisa Jokanovic's side have failed to reach the heights they did last season, sitting in 15th place with 26 points so far.
Although eleven replacements came into the side, only Oliver Norwood has cemented himself as a first team regular with a number of others struggling, while assistant director of Football Operations Craig Kline has since left the club.
And Murphy thinks Fulham have got themselves into a "real pickle" as a result of losing those important players during the summer.
In a sit-down with www.AskFans.co.uk , he said: "They are struggling because they sell a lot of their best players. They then have to keep trying to fill the gaps.
"Their budget isn't anywhere near as big as the other Championship teams. In actual fact, last year - they punched above their weight in that respect.
"They should have won the play-off semi-finals. They dominated the games and were unlucky.
"They have now got themselves in a real pickle because parachute payments are dwindling, they are struggling to make an impact because a couple of their best players have gone."
Murphy also believes the Craven Cottage outfit has gone from being in a healthy place to finding itself in difficult circumstances, something he believes is a shame as Fulham was a "fantastic club to be around."
"The club has gone from being a really healthy place to a really difficult place. I feel for the owners as they brought the club in good faith as a Premier League club. It was in good condition.
"A couple of the people at the club at the time decided they walked on water, went against all the advice they were getting and messed it up.
"It was a shame because it was a fantastic club to be around."