1st Team Goalkeepers: Mark Schwarzer (39), David Stockdale (26), Csaba Somogyi (27), Neil Etheridge (22)
Few teams in the Premier League are as spoiled for goalkeeping choice as Fulham. Mark Schwarzer continues to be the Peter Pan of the league and Martin Jol clearly sees him as a his number one. There have been some mistakes, errors of judgement and perhaps the first signs age is catching up with him, but the manager has stayed loyal to the Australian.
The loyalty has no doubt irked David Stockdale who went out on loan as recently as last season. At a time in his career when he’s looking to become a Premier League regular and possibly make a case for a place in the national set-up, he has been largely bench-warming. Although Schwarzer has been great for the Cottagers, he’s not without his faults and surely Stockdale feels like he deserves more a chance. There have been whispers from certain camps about Stockdale not being the most impressive in training, but certainly when it comes to match-days, he has done little wrong. His reactions and reflexes are top class and he has the potential to be one of the league’s best keepers.
As long as both players are happy to stay at the club, it’s good news for Fulham who have two high quality options to choose from. In reserve, they have a couple of interesting options. The English-born, Philippine international, Neil Etheridge is highly rated. His sole appearance for the club came in last season’s Europa League campaign, but the lack of playing time for his club hasn’t hurt his international ambitions and he already has 35 caps to his name. Csaba Somogyi joined the club after impressing Martin Jol when he was a trialist at Ajax, but he has yet to make an appearance for the club.
Movements in the transfer market will determine how much optimism Fulham fans should have for the new season. But regardless of what happens, their goalkeeping ranks are very strong ahead of the new campaign.