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Back injury or simply hoping for his transfer request t be granted, it`s fair to say that Mark Schwarzer wasn`t missed up at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

Now I don`t want to disrespect Schwarzer`s contribution since joining us but if he is to leave Craven cottage then so be it, we need to move on and on Saturday the performance given by David Stockdale showed that the promise he showed in his younger days was a justifiable reason to purchase him.

After some great saves on Saturday, Stockdale was an obvious target for the media seeking a few words from the young keeper. David didn`t disappoint.

Speaking about his performance he had this to say,

"I just hope I`ve shown the gaffer today that I am capable of doing a job for him and given him something to think about."

Naturally David would like to see his run in the first team continue but with the more experienced Australian still around, David shows just how mad these keepers are implying that he`d like Mark Schwarzer to stay, commenting,

"I`ve played alongside Mark for two years and he`s improved my game no end."

"I`d rather he stayed but you hear the rumours about Arsenal and that`s not the sort of thing that comes along very often in you career."

A lot can happen in a week in football and with the Arsenal keeper looking far from as safe as houses at Anfield yesterday, Schwarzer (if a fee can be agreed) could well be history by the time our next fixture rolls around, a fixture against Manchester United next Sunday.

It`s a fixture Stockdale, as you would imagine, is looking forward to, even more so with his father-in-law being a staunch Leeds United supporter and looking forward to United being beaten again at Craven Cottage, on keeping the Old Trafford side at bay, David remarked,

"I`d fancy that if I was picked."

"Keeping Rooney out wouldn`t be an easy thing to do. He hasn`t scored for a while but you saw last season how good he is."

"I`m from Leeds and my father-in-law is a huge Leeds fan. He won`t talk to me if I let United win."

Looking into the crystal ball there`s a strong indication that Stockdale will be between the sticks next weekend and that we`ll be looking at a new goalkeeping era at Craven Cottage with a youngster between the posts.

It`ll make a nice change compared to all those veterans we`ve seen in recent years will it not?

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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 16 2010

Time: 5:00PM

Your Comments

Would be happy with him taking number 1.
me too... it's time to get younger, and he's the key piece at the moment...
If he continues to do well we may just have found gem!!
AH i see you lot have changed your minds.....not too long ago stockdale was too inexperienced.....told you! he will make mistakes but i really hope mark sticks with him.
Haha. I will admit I thought it should be another year before we risk him on the big stage. I'm happy to eat my words.
And very tasty words they were.
have always said its now or never
truth sayer ffc
good lad me thinks
truth sayer ffc
Let's not get carried away. He had one good match. It's a long season.
He has to start somewhere though. If he's never given a prolonged chance he'll never really fulfill his potential. Would be happy if we got Given but would be equally happy if we stuck by Stockdale. He's only going to get better...
Don't get me wrong. I like Stockdale and he looks to have a great future, but I have one name for you - Kasper Schmeichel. Looked great early on at Man City, but it never quite happened for him. With rare exception, young keepers struggle a bit. I just think we need to be prepared.
that's the issue... i also said he needs another year, but maybe that's playing half the games here and not loaning him out... who knows... the real issue is whether he can deal with growing pains, and whether the fans and manager can deal with growing pains... he can't be tossed aside when he makes his first mistake... he's too young and too much potential to turn aside... but maybe he can prove me wrong and take the helm this year...
24 young for a keeper true but he is not a naieve 18 year old
truth sayer ffc

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