If Fulham keeper David Stockdale has anything to do with it – Mark Schwarzer will be on the bench when the Aussie returns from the Asian Cup next week.
The replacement is hell-bent on adding to his boss’s ‘dilemma’ by keeping a clean sheet against Spurs in the FA Cup on Sunday.
The crunch decision for Mark Hughes could be solved with a Whites win and another accomplished performance from the 25-year-old.
Stockdale’s first unwelcome taste of defeat in a Fulham shirt came after nine games against Liverpool, but he boasts four shutouts and an England call-up blighted only by an ankle injury back in August.
The Leeds-born player insists the likes of Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe bearing down on him is not much different to the last-but-one time he played in the Cup.
The fourth-round virgin was part of a full-strength Fulham side that saw off Peterborough 6-2 on January 8 – but before that Stockdale never got past first base with Darlington.
In fact, it was his gaffe that saw Northampton oust his former club 2-1 in front of a spartan 2,895 fans at a chilly Sixfields back in November 2007.
He added: “They’re all hard in different ways. I don’t like to think of one game as harder than another. And I try not to think about facing Spurs too much – you’d end up scaring yourself.
“There’s a lot of talent there like Bale – but we have to look to ourselves.”
Were England coach Fabio Capello to see Stockdale pass the Spurs test with flying colours – surely there’s more to be gained than keeping Northampton at bay?
“It doesn’t matter if someone like Capello were watching me,” said Stockdale, “I still have to save the shots first, and if the England call-up comes, so be it, but I’ve got to give the manager here a dilemma first.”