According to Roy Hodgson, there’s no doubt who’s been the best signing of the season. Not just for Fulham, but throughout the entire Premier League.
The veteran coach thinks that accolade should go to goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer who has helped turn the London club from relegation escape artists to potential Europa League candidates.
The Australian shot stopper, wearing his Lotto Zhero Leggenda Due football boots, was at it again this weekend as he kept Fulham in 7th place in the table with a virtuoso performance in the 1 – 0 win away to Newcastle (a fact that won’t be lost on Boro fans who used to watch Schwarzer between the sticks at the Riverside).
Schwarzer will have busier afternoons but his two saves from Martins and particularly from Nicky Butt in the dying moments, fully justified Hodgson’s faith in him at the beginning of the season.
Indeed, the Fulham boss has been raving about the Australian saying:
He was a free transfer, so in the respect that his transfer cost to Fulham was zero, you have to say he was the best buy of the season.
He’s been a major contributor to our success – he’s had an outstanding season.
He’s the goalkeeper we thought he was, and he’s been unbelievably consistent in his performances.
His dealing with crosses and shots has been very good and that has brought stability to the team – you can see that in the confidence the back four have in him. Every team has got units, and our defensive unit has been very strong this year, and Mark has been a major factor in that.
Schwarzer wears the Lotto Zhero Leggenda Due
Hodgson’s views are backed up by the facts. In 37 league games, Fulham have only shipped 14 goals at home and 18 away. That’s less than the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Aston Villa – the three teams directly above them.