Fulham last season may not have struggled scoring goals, having three players scoring over 10 goals last campaign. However, the Whites did have trouble defending goals, not been able to maintain a consistent back four, for the full season, alongside a lot of uncertainty surrounding their first choice goalkeeper David Button.
Signed from Brentford at the beginning of last season, Fulham fans thought their club had signed a pair of safe hands, although Button proved to be anything but that, making many mistakes leading to goals and only keeping a 27.5% clean sheet to games played ratio.
The Whites second choice keeper Marcus Bettinelli, has also been scrutinised by fans of the club, making over 50 appearances for Fulham, the former England under-21 international has failed to portray a lasting impression at the West-London club.
With that in mind, it may be worth, for Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, taking a risk and signing another goalkeeper, who could help improve the Whites’ back line, at a small cost.
Fleetwood’s Alex Cairns, who is valued at £170k on transfermarkt, could work out to be a fantastic deal for the London club.
The former Leeds goalkeeper, may not have had much first-team experience so far during his career, but since moving to Fleetwood in 2016, Cairns has proved to be one of the League One’s strongest shot stoppers.
The 24-year-old managed to keep a remarkable 17 cleansheets in 32 games for the Fishermen, and was one of the main reasons, Uwe Rosler was able to guide Fleetwood to a fourth place finish in the League One table last campaign.
Cairns was able to save Fleetwood from some horrendous defensive mistakes last year, and recover with an amazing save, and with him being very young, a move to a bigger club such as Fulham, giving he gets a substantial amount of first-team football will certainly help his development, alongside consolidating Jokanovic’s defence.
In addition, with Carins only contracted to Highbury Stadium until June 2018, Fulham should be able to attract the young goalkeeper at a small cost, making the deal low-risk, but could potentially be very rewarding if Cairns succeeds.
Fulham fans… What do you think? Do you reckon you need a new goalkeeper if you are to challenge for an automatic promotion place this season? Would you be happy with the signing of Cairns? Let us know in the comments below…