Confident Areola’s outstanding stats


Perhaps our surprise of the season so far is the emergence of Alphonse Areola as our first choice goal keeper.

After nearly two years understudying Lukasz Fabianski, he really has grasped his opportunity in a big way.

His metrics make good reading too as shown below:

According to Opta; In the four games he has played, he has saved 20 shots which were on target

One penalty kick (against Chelsea)

Which all equates to a more than useful 80% successful save rate

Just as importantly his distribution figures are demonstrably better than Fabianski

71 goal kicks or throws with a 62.5% accuracy. It is worth remembering that the Premier League median average is 53%

I think with the case of all goalkeepers, it is all about confidence and Alphonse is brimming with it at the moment.

On top of all that of course he has – as we reported earlier – been nominated for the save of August at Brighton.

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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!"

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