Slavisa Jokanovic is paid to take the tough decisions and it looks as if he has with one young keeper Marcus Bettinelli who is having to bide his time before a recall to the first team
Bettinelli must think he’s cursed over the last two seasons.
Hurt when he collided with team-mate Matt Smith in August last year at Hull, the Fulham keeper was out with knee ligament damage until April.
However, the talented 24-year-old quickly regained his place in March when fit again at the expense of in-form Andy Lonergan who quickly saw the writing on the wall and switched to Wolves in the summer.
He was in turn replaced by David Button from Brentford, and the former Bees man has worn the first team shirt in all but the two EFL Cup games so far.
Not least because Bettinelli picked up a hamstring injury just before the opening match against Newcastle.
Button has yet to be on the losing side, leaving head coach Slavisa Jokanovic no choice but to put the popular Bettinelli, now fit yet again, on the bench for the last match at Blackburn.
Joka said: “There is only one keeper and this is an unpopular decision that I have taken.
“Marcus Bettinelli is coming back from injury and now he’s going to be ready to fight with two keepers to be my first choice.”