Paulo Gazzaniga might hardly cover his pleasure after finishing a transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Fulham in the summertime of 2021.
Yes, swapping the London giants for Craven Cottage seemed on paper like a backwards step provided that Fulham had been relegated from the Premier League only some weeks earlier.
But, after failing to oust France’s World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris throughout three seasons, Gazzaniga clearly felt that Marco Silva’s facet might provide him one thing Tottenham couldn’t – common first-team soccer, week-in, week-out.
“Fulham is a great club. I love the challenge. I think this is an excellent opportunity for me,” defined the previous Southampton stopper, upon becoming a member of the Cottagers on a free-transfer.
“When they spoke of the project here at Fulham the decision was easy. The Championship is a very strong league. I’m looking forward to getting started.”
For the primary few weeks, issues have been going to plan. Gazzaniga began each considered one of Fulham’s first 11 league matches below one-time Everton, Watford and Hull City boss Silva.
But then got here that fateful October afternoon in Coventry.
No one in a Fulham shirt lined themselves in glory throughout because the title favourites have been pummelled 4-1 by Mark Robins’ well-oiled machine but it surely was Gazzaniga’s status that took probably the most complete beating.
What subsequent for Paulo Gazzaniga?
Marek Rodak stole his place between the sticks throughout Fulham’s subsequent outing and the 6ft 4ins Slovakian hasn’t seemed again since.
Gazzaniga has now began simply one of many membership’s final 29 Championship video games. That single look solely took place, in opposition to Derby County late final yr, as a result of Rodak was unavailable as a result of damage.
And with reviews linking Fulham with Burnley’s Nick Pope and former followers’ favorite Alphonse Areola, Gazzaniga might already be dealing with an unsure future with simply half of his two yr deal remaining.
“I don’t have No 1,” Silva stated in August, through The Athletic. “I have two (goalkeepers) at the same level, two fighting for the position.”
It’s a combat Rodak is successful fairly comfortably.
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