Fulham made headlines over the course of the summer after becoming the first ever newly promoted club to spend in excess of £100 million in their first transfer window but on Saturday, one of their new recruits came in for pelters from the Craven Cottage faithful.
30-year-old Fabri has been brought in from Besiktas with the aim of beefing up Jokanovic’s options between the sticks but if the reaction to his debut in English football was anything to go by, he may not be given too many more chances to prove himself in the Premier League. From my own personal perspective as an away fan, I didn’t think the Spaniard had too bad a game. Admittedly, his decision to rush out to the edge of his box for Zaha’s strike could be viewed as a tad rash but there was absolutely nothing he could do about Jeffrey Schlupp’s opener and in truth, he stopped what looked to be a definite goal from Zaha shortly his winner with an outstretched right foot following a wonderful Christian Benteke knock-down.
The Whites have brought in 24-year-old Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico on a season-long loan and many expect the Spaniard to take over from Fabri once he’s up to speed with life in London but even so, the level of derision aimed towards the former Besiktas man on Saturday evening was off the charts. I dare say an element of the stick he took was a by-product of a humbling home defeat on the opening day but even so, it feels rather over the top to lay the blame for Fulham’s loss solely at the keeper’s door.
Palace may not have the menacing reputation that sides like Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham carry but under Roy Hodgson, we’ve become a relatively tough nut to crack, particularly away from home. Whilst we didn’t have the lion’s share of possession on the day, we killed Fulham off by showing a ruthless streak in front of goal. Perhaps as the weeks go by, Fulham’s fans will realise that it wasn’t Fabri’s fault alone but rather the increased quality they’ll regularly come up against in the Premier League.
Many of our fanbase tonight have taken issue with some wanting Bettinelli to return between the sticks. Fabri had a stinker today and Betts was incredible last season. The same people saying they felt for McDonald after Anguissa was signed. Betts has more than earnt his chance.
— Charles Jones (@charliejones141) August 11, 2018
Fabri is the worst keeper I have ever seen
— Theo (@tezzer18) August 11, 2018
Fabri is terrible. Who the hell recommended him? Waste of £5m
— FulhamsFinest (@FulhamsFinest) August 11, 2018
Fabri is the worst signing of the summer in the prem. Shit Bravo.
— Nathan Burn (@NathanNTFC) August 11, 2018
Christie was horrendous today. As was Sess. As was McDonald. But FUCK FABRI.
— harryfre (@HarryFremantle) August 11, 2018
Fuck u Besiktas fans saying Fabri was good
— twisty Christie 🇮🇪 (@breadhangeland) August 11, 2018
How the fuck was Fabri beat there?!
— ★ S1 ★ (@S1PRODUCER) August 11, 2018
— Grant FFC (@GCHTX) August 11, 2018
Silver lining: This could be Fabri's only start of the season?
— Tenyachta Jones (@AndyGlockner) August 11, 2018
Don’t tell me Fabri is better than Betts
— Rich Dean FFC (@richdean21) August 11, 2018
Once again as stated I had my concerns over Fabri and it looks like he's just cost us the game. Very erratic – surely Rico has to come in for next week against Spurs. #FFC
— TalkFulham (@TalkFulham) August 11, 2018
Fabri looks shite.
— MK84 (@MKeeno84) August 11, 2018
Did we keep the receipt for Fabri?
— Fulhammy (@Fulhammy) August 11, 2018
WHAT IS FABRI DOING???
— The Doge of DUUUUUVALLLLL (@Duval_Doge) August 11, 2018