If one was to ask any Fulham supporter about Neil Etheridge just a couple of years ago, they would have had very little of substance to say about the goalkeeper.
Etheridge joined Fulham as a youngster in 2006, was farmed out on loan numerous times, never made a Premier League appearance, and eventually departed permanently for Oldham in 2014.
Yet the current Cardiff City goalkeeper came back to haunt Fulham on the weekend, producing a number of remarkable saves and reminding the Whites what they’re missing out on as the Bluebirds ran out 4-2 winners.
The pick of the lot came late into the second half, when Etheridge dove superbly to his left to deny Alfie Mawson’s headed effort from a corner. It was a save that secured the three points for Cardiff, and this season the goalkeeper has become accustomed to saving the day for the newly-promoted side.
With two penalty saves under his belt already (the most in the Premier League), Etheridge has arguably been Cardiff’s standout performer to date, providing immense consistency between the sticks.
With Fulham’s current complicated goalkeeper situation, it is fascinating to think what might have been if the Cottagers had stuck with Neil Etheridge in SW6.
But for the moment, the ex-Fulham goalkeeper is going from strength to strength in Cardiff, showing his former club exactly what they are missing out on.