Marcus Bettinelli has enjoyed an excellent start to the season with Middlesbrough.
Neil Warnock’s side have one of the best defensive records in England and that is in part down to the excellent form of the Fulham goalkeeper.
The Cottagers hold an option to recall the stopper in the January transfer window – something that they may be tempted to do given the reported interest in his services from the Premier League.
But is Bettinelli good enough to play in the top flight?
Our FLW writers have had their say…
It’s something of a tough one to call this.
Given he has never regularly played at that level before, you do wonder how Bettinelli would cope with the step up to being a top-flight number one, considering the pressure that comes with such a role.
Indeed, the fact that Fulham were willing to let him go this summer is probably not a glowing reflection of his potential at that level, and given he lost his place for them in the Championship last season after some costly errors, it could be a risk for a Championship team to take a chance on him.
However, he has been more impressive for Middlesbrough this season, in what has been a strong start to the campaign for them, and given the chance to play in the Premier League is something the vast majority of players would surely want, Bettinelli would no doubt be backing himself to make that here, even if others might not.
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It’s no surprise to see Bettinelli attract interest from the Premier League.
Boro have been solid in defence under Neil Warnock this season and currently boast the best defensive record in the division, and whilst it’s a team effort, Bettinelli has been a key part of their backline.
He’s kept seven clean sheets in the Championship and has produced a string of impressive performances, so it’s no surprise to see him catch the eye of some top-flight sides.
I think he was unlucky to lose his place in Scott Parker’s side at Fulham last season, but Marek Rodak was un-droppable and deserved to keep his place in the team, which subsequently led to Bettinelli’s departure in the summer.
He’s only 28, he is a quality goalkeeper and I there’s still more to come from him.
Is Marcus Bettinelli good enough to play in the Premier League?
I think he is good enough for the Premier League, but he might fancy that chance with Middlesbrough.
They are going well in the Championship right now and I think Neil Warnock’s faith in the goalkeeper will mean a lot to him.
If the opportunity to be a permanent Boro player comes around, he might want to take that.
Of course, the Premier League is the Premier League and everyone wants to get to that level, but does Bettinelli want to risk sitting on the bench?
He’s got a good role at Boro and I think, in an ideal world, he will stay there.