MARTIN Jol insists Fulham's January signings have raised the level in his squad.
Urby Emanuelson , Eyong Enoh, Emmanuel Frimpong and Stanislav Malonev all made the loan move to Craven Cottage in the new year.
However, they have made just 11 starts between them, with a further 12 appearances from the bench.
But boss Jol believes the loanees have also improved the level among the rest of his Fulham squad.
He said: “It was a fantastic situation for us because it lifted us in training and created more competition for places.
“The only thing for them was everyone stayed fit, where as before we had a few problems with injuries.
“In hindsight, it worked very well for us. Frimpong was the first player on loan, I needed him but then [Steve] Sidwell played with [Giorgos] Karagounis and done well.
“It's better to have them then not to have them. They've helped raised the level.”
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