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300 up Fab…and more to come

Not many Hammers fans would disagree that Lukasz Fabianski has been anything less than one of our most outstanding buys over the last three seasons since he joined us in 2018.

And at £7 million from Swansea the 36 year old was a fantastic bargain and went on to  complete 300 Premier League appearances against Norwich at the London Stadium this week.

Having made 121 of those with the Hammers he is now set to sign a new deal for next season  leaving a decision to be made over Alphonse Areola’s involvement next term. 93.

His outstanding save against Norwich was a fitting response to his 300th game when Adam Idah drove into a dangerous area and fired a rocket on the home side’s goal, forcing Fabiański into a quick dive; his fingertip save tipping the effort onto the woodwork.

Reflecting on his 300th game he said: “It’s a proud moment for me. If you look at the history of my career in the Premier League and how it’s evolved, I don’t think – at the start of It – many would have thought I could reach that amount of games.

But I think with consistency and with the belief that I can actually play at this level, I was able to reach that number against Norwich.

“I’m very proud of it and I will just continue to stay humble, to continue to work hard, to continue to try to improve, and we’ll see what can happen. But overall I’m very, very happy with that number.”

Speaking further about the victory, Fabiański continued: “We’re obviously very happy with the win and with the points. We’re putting ourselves in a very strong position in the table again.

“I think we can be pleased with everything that happened against Norwich. Even though they’re struggling in the league, when it comes to their position, they still have some quality players and they still play in a way that can be tricky to break. 

“I think we put in a really good performance. We managed to break through them, and we managed to create some chances. It wasn’t easy but we did it.”


Fabianski with Craig Dawson following west ham's win over Norwich

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon