Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli started the season as number one at Craven Cottage, but has since lost his spot to Marek Rodak. So what’s next for the Englishman?
Bettinelli, 27, is one of the longest-serving players at Fulham and has both Premier League and Championship experience with the club.
He went into this 2019/20 campaign as the number one stopper for Scott Parker but for the win over Luton Town in October, Rodak was preferred and Parker hasn’t looked back since.
Despite being sent-off in his second game in goal, Rodak has quickly asserted himself as the new number one at Fulham, with some astounding performance against the likes of QPR, Derby and most recently Swansea.
The 22-year-old is keeping his senior on the bench, but how long will Bettinelli be willing to sit on the Fulham bench for?
Despite being in his eighth season with the club, Bettinelli has only played 116 times for Fulham. It’s not the first time that he’s been overshadowed by another goalkeeper at the club – Bettinelli has lost his place to the likes of Andy Lonergan in the past and last year in the Premier League, it was Sergio Rico playing the bulk of games.
Rodak is just another name to displace Bettinelli and in his short time in doing so, fans have quickly warmed to the young Slovakian. He too has been at the club for a number of years but after spending the last two on-loan at Rotherham United, has finally made his breakthrough into the first-team and Parker is being hailed for giving him the chance.
It’s not looking likely that Bettinelli will regain his starting spot anytime soon and now with January approaching, will the 27-year-old be pondering a move away from Craven Cottage?
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Fulham have a few good, young keepers in their ranks – Rodak is obviously the pick of the bunch but behind him is Magnus Norman and Luca Ashby-Hammond, the latter being an ever-present member of the England U19 set-up.
Bettinelli may well be happy sitting on the bench at Fulham but Parker may see fit to move him on, and give another youngster the chance to be second-choice.
He’ll likely be on a higher wage than most at the club and could even push for a move away – he’s not getting any younger and having been second-fiddle in most of his career so far, may finally want to be the main man somewhere else.