Jesse Joronen’s proposed loan to a lower-league side has been delayed because he is required as vital goalkeeping cover by Fulham, according to Slavisa Jokanovic.
The Serbian head coach has been impressed by the Finnish international’s professionalism and agility over the course of this pre-season but cannot risk sending Joronen away for further first-team experience with Marcus Bettinelli still to fully recover from a hamstring problem. The 22 year-old earned his first senior competitive win for Fulham in the EFL Cup defeat of Leyton Orient last week and was on the bench for Saturday’s victory over Preston North End – a role is likely to reprise in tonight’s trip to Elland Road.
The Fulham boss told Get West London:
Jesse is a young and very talented keeper and at this age it is necessary for this type of player to have the games, but at the moment I need three keepers. In September I will have a plan after everything that has happened in front of us and we will try and find the best solution for Jesse in the future.
He is a fantastic person and a very good keeper. The position of the goalkeeper is always complicated because it is only one who is in the team and I can use only one in the game. This is the situation and we have to find some solution in the future.
Joronen has already enjoyed successful loan spells with Accrington Stanley and Stevenage, for whom he scored a sensational goal from outside his own box, and would be likely to join a League One or Two club to further his development.