Since joining Chelsea eighteen months ago, in the summer of 2021, Marcus Bettinelli has made exactly one appearance for the club, in the FA Cup third round match against non-league Chesterfield FC.
Now, obviously, having signed up as the third-string goalkeeper, expectations should’ve been and probably would’ve been well managed in terms of potential involvement, but that’s still a rather sparse record — even if he has gotten to traipse around the world with the team in the meantime while being a great teammate and glue guy.
But at the end of the day he’s still a professional player with plenty of years left in the tank at age 30, and is thus hoping to impress and play a bit more often. It sounds like he might get that chance today as we take on Aston Villa in a friendly.
“For the last two seasons, minutes have been few and far between for me. I am looking forward to the match today. It is only a friendly, but it is still Aston Villa, and a fresh chance to show the manager what you can do personally.
“We’re really looking forward to it. It should be a good day, so let’s finish the week with a positive result.”
-Marcus Bettinelli; source: Chelsea FC
Bettinelli looked well buried in the depth chart earlier this year, but Chelsea’s goalkeeper situation has gotten a bit less stable this season with Édouard Mendy dropped and Kepa Arrizabalaga putting together a fantastic month of October before getting hurt. Maybe there will indeed be an opportunity or two for Betts to show what he’s got not just on the training ground — before his contract expires at the end of the season.
You never know in football!