According to the Daily Mail, Fulham’s promotion hero Marcus Bettinelli is looking for a move away after he was pushed down to third choice goalkeeper following the arrivals of Fabri and Sergio Rico this summer, and Leeds should make a bid to take the Englishman on loan for the season.
The Mail reports that Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic said that Bettinelli had picked up an injury in training and that this was the reason for him not being selected on Fulham’s return to the Premier League. However, Bettinelli himself tweeted that he was not injured, adding fuel to the fire that he may leave before the end of August.
Good luck to the boys today and thanks for the reception from the cottage when i came out. For everybody thats asking…. I am not injured! Good luck lads
— Marcus Bettinelli (@marcusbettss) August 11, 2018
Fulham’s new signing from Besiktas Fabri was selected to start against Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage, but the 30-year-old was at fault for Wilfried Zaha’s goal as he rushed out, leaving the Ivorian with a simple finish.
The Mail also suggests that 24-year-old Rico is set to become Jokanovic’s number one once his English improves, with Bettinelli seemingly not in the Serb’s plans.
The decision to drop Bettinelli comes after he took over from David Button in goal in December last season, and it was no coincidence that after his introduction Fulham went on a 23-game unbeaten run, conceding just 19 goals in the process.
There is no doubting his talent then, and Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa should take advantage of his situation to sign the 26-year-old on loan following Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s mistake against Derby on the weekend.
Tom Lawrence’s free-kick flying straight past the hands of Peacock-Farrell was the only blight on another fantastic Leeds performance under Bielsa and if they brought in Bettinelli they could become favourites for promotion to the Premier League.
Chelsea youngster Jamal Blackman was also signed on loan this summer, but if Bettinelli wants a move away this could be too good an opportunity for the Whites to pass up.