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.
Fulham have certainly punched above their weight this season.
I agree about Schwarzer, but a lot has to be said for the manager. He’s done wonders.
Too true Jed.
Compared to their final day escape last season, they’ve been a revelation.
And 32 goals conceded in 37 games is class. It’s only 8 more than Man Utd.
Yeah, all credit to Roy Hodgeson – last season I thought he was more suited to Garden Force than the Premier League, but I do like to be proven wrong!
Schwarzer’s a quality stopper, he and Jaaskelainen deserve much more recognition than they currently get!
Schwarzer has signed with England’s Mitre to wear a their kit including their newly designed pro boot. Just fyi.
I can send a pic as soon as I find one.
Hes good, but australian, they should sign a New zealand keeper, glen moss and Mark paston are incredible but they have never been discouvered
I like that ur saying becasue its true! Im a goalkeeper and iv been told i do have the talent by former team mates people i verse its just inpossible to be discovered the probabble reason is how soccer selections are rigged even at that high compitition take this for an example lets just say moss is as good as van der sa, u were the manger for the biggest club in the world would u pick the well known goalkeeper or some1 completly unknown practically too you? why am i saying that its rigged also becasue its happend too me three times -.-
but buddy ur right i liek what ur saying 🙂
you should have seen him against Uraguay in an “06 world cup qualifier-he saved 2 penalties