Fulham facing 'keeper dilemma

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In Mark Schwarzer, Fulham have one of the best 'keepers in Premier League history. He has kept the second most clean-sheets in the league and has been outstanding in the second half of the season. 

In reserve they have David Stockdale. Currently on loan to Hull, they have a goalkeeper who has never failed to perform between the sticks. In fact, his form has been so good that he has been called up to the England squad on numerous occasions. 

They also have a very good young shot-stopper in Neil Etheridge waiting in the wings. At a glance, this doesn't seem like much of a problem, does it?

Yet Martin Jol has openly admitted he is searching for a goalkeeper to come in this summer and has not yet tied Schwarzer down to a new contract. 

The problem arises when we look at the fact that Fulham's number two is too good to be in reserve, but would not be a step up from Schwarzer.

Therefore, he probably deserves to leave the club in order to further his career. While Schwarzer is now 40-years-old and despite some astounding saves this year, he has begun to make some uncharacteristic mistakes. 

The only other choice at the club is Etheridge who has impressed wherever he has been, most recently Bristol Rovers, but not many would be calling for him to make the step up to first-team keeper any time soon. 

Fulham are trying to move forward, in the summer they were linked with Maarten Stekelenburg who would have been perfect, he even boarded a plane to London only for the deal to fall through mid-air. 

Most recently however, Fulham have been linked with the likes of Asmir Begovic and Anders Lindegaard, both of whom seem attainable transfers. So, here are the players Fulham could possibly have in-between the posts next year.

Mark Schwarzer: We all know him and would happily see him sign an extension to his current contract unless we get a big-name 'keeper during the summer. 

David Stockdale: Very solid goalkeeper who seems to thrive off the big matches and could really grow to become a good Premier League 'keeper. He isn't the youngest but whoever wanted youth in-between the sticks? I would like him to stay as a number two, but it seems unlikely.

Neil Etheridge: I have not seen this young man play very much, but he was loved at Bristol City. He put in a few 'man of the match' performances and has a lot of international experience for someone of his age. It would be nice to see Neil as a certified number two next season. A season-long loan may work wonders, however.

Anders Lindegaard: Out of favour at Manchester United and looking for a new home, the Dane would be cheap and dependable. However, it remains to be seen how Lindegaard would handle a step up from becoming a bench-warmer to a first-team regular. 

Sinan Bolat: Heavily linked in January, the Turkish 'keeper looked set to move to London but a move never materialised. He is only 24 years of age and very highly rated in Belgium.

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