Despite his fine form since returning to the Fulham team, it still seems as though David Stockdale will have to play second fiddle to Mark Schwarzer when the Australian returns to full fitness following his spinal injury.
Martin Jol told reporters after Saturday’s FA Cup win over Charlton that the 39 year-old Schwarzer remains his number one choice and that he rates the former Middlesbrough custodian as one of the best goalkeepers in England. Stockdale, who hopes to go to Euro 2012 as part of Fabio Capello’s England squad, pulled off three terrific saves against League One Charlton at Craven Cottage on Saturday but looks set to have to watch from the sidelines, even though he has been in inspired form since Schwarzer sustained his injury at Swansea last month.
With Mark Schwarzer, there was never any doubt in my mind, and in anybody’s mind, that he’s one of the best keepers in England, maybe in Europe. I’ve had a lot of good goalkeepers and he stands out.
It’s 100 per cent certain that Stockdale is probably second to none, and it’s good to know that I’ve got another goalkeeper who’s got more and more experience. That is why we put him on loan at Ipswich. He did well there, so it’s only good for his experience that he came in and did well, like last year, but Mark Schwarzer is Mark Schwarzer.
Now we play with David, but Mark Schwarzer will come back in the next three or four weeks. I can certainly tell you Stockdale makes saves that are unbelievable, but I can remember the Liverpool game when we were 1-0 up and there was a certain goal that Mark Schwarzer saved, so we’ve got two very good good goalkeepers.
Jol is delighted with the options he has at his disposal and he praised Philippines goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who made his debut in the Europa League draw with Odense back in December.
I’ve got somebody else as well in Neil Etheridge, who is one of the biggest talents around