Marcus Bettinelli is perhaps the most resilient player in the Premier League, and the hardworking English goalkeeper is well-deserving of a new contract.
On Wednesday, Bleacher Report football insider Dean Jones indicated that Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic was willing to give the 26-year-old an extended deal thanks to the goalkeeper’s excellent performances; news that would have shocked Fulham fans just a couple of months ago.
Bettinelli began the season as third choice at Craven Cottage, with Spanish goalkeepers and summer arrivals Fabri and Sergio Rico both preferred to the Fulham academy graduate.
Yet, after a series of uninspiring performances from Fabri, Bettinelli was handed the number one spot. The Englishman immediately brought a sense of calm and a knack for the spectacular to the Whites’ back line, overseeing Fulham’s first win and saving a penalty in his first two matches back.
An England call-up shortly followed, and although Fulham’s defence has struggled in past weeks, Bettinelli has been at hand to avert an avalanche of goals that would have turned defeats into drubbings.
For a player who started the campaign being left out of the squad entirely, reports of a fresh contract represent a remarkable turnaround for Fulham’s Marcus Bettinelli.