Fulham manager Roy Hodgson insists Bobby Zamora's dazzling form has ensured Fulham have no regrets at their failure to sign Peter Crouch.
Crouch completed a £9million transfer from Portsmouth to Tottenham in the summer after rejecting a move to Craven Cottage.
In the same transfer window Zamora turned down an offer from Hull after deciding to fight for his place in west London, and Fulham have benefited enormously.
The 28-year-old striker scored his 10th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-0 drubbing of Manchester United and has been a revelation in recent weeks.
'No I don't wish we had signed Crouch because luckily Bobby Zamora has come up trumps and has played so well,' said Hodgson.
'Crouch had the chance to join Fulham or Tottenham and he chose them. That meant we were able to keep Bobby. With Bobby playing well it's not something we've missed.
'When Bobby was on his way to Hull, as was being mooted at the time, it would have been much more problematic for us.
'Peter made his decision and we're pleased he's doing well but we've survived with the players we have.'
Outstanding and at times unplayable against United, he will also spearhead the attack against Tottenham on Boxing Day and Chelsea 48 hours later. Fulham relish playing the bigger clubs - they have already beaten Liverpool and United this season - and Hodgson hopes capital rivals Spurs will also come a cropper.
The match will see the Barclays Premier League's two outstanding English coaches lock horns and Hodgson is full of admiration for his rival.
'I'm pleased to be playing Tottenham on the back of a couple of good results against Basle and Manchester United because they are in excellent form,' he said.
'In fact, they've been in excellent form since Harry Redknapp has been manager there.
'He rescued them from relegation and it's been upwards ever since. We have an enormous amount of respect for them. They've bought very wisely, signing some excellent players, and have invested very heavily to have a good season.
'But it's good to be playing at Craven Cottage so soon after the Manchester United game. When you're playing well and winning, the mood is good and it creates confidence.
'It can be easily broken by a couple of bad results but we're going into the game at least hoping to reproduce the performances of the last few weeks.'
Johnson returned from training this week after recovering from the groin injury that has kept him sidelined since October. The former England marksman is available to play against Spurs but is highly unlikely to start.
'It hasn't been decided if Andy will play. Clinically he's fit enough,' said Hodgson.
'He hasn't played many games so it would be risky to put him in there. He's physically fit to play and I can select him if I want.'