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One winner and loser as Sergio Rico closes in on Fulham loan

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One winner and loser as Sergio Rico closes in on Fulham loan

Sky Sports reported that Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico is in London in order to complete a medical ahead of his proposed loan move to Fulham.

The signing would represent the Cottagers’ second goalkeeper acquisition of the summer, improving Fulham’s defensive options but damaging Marcus Bettinelli’s Premier League hopes.

Winner: Fulham’s defensive depth

Fulham are currently fairly short on goalkeeping options, with Marcus Bettinelli out with an injury and with last season’s back-up David Button signing for Brighton.

Spanish goalkeeper Fabri signed for the Whites from Besiktas earlier in the summer, yet Fulham were still facing the prospect of heading into the first weekend of the Premier League season with only one fully fit senior goalkeeper.

The loan swoop for Rico, a goalkeeper with Champions League experience who was previously linked with Chelsea, is great business and will add to the Cottagers’ defensive depth.

(Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Loser: Marcus Bettinelli

How hard done by must Marcus Bettinelli feel? The goalkeeper has rarely started a season as first choice at Craven Cottage, yet has always fought his way back into the mix and emerged as a brilliant starter.

In the past two campaigns his return to the starting role has coincided with remarkable runs of form from the Whites, including numerous clean sheets and impressive performances.

Undoubtedly, there is a substantial step up from Championship to Premier League level but, nonetheless, Bettinelli has been desperately unlucky to see two goalkeepers brought in during the summer, right as he might have believed he would star in the top flight.

Max Cohen

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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