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Fab keeping them all at bay

Reports that West Ham were interested in signing Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone was never on.

David Moyes will instead prioritise a striker, a centre back and Jesse Lingard making do with his existing crop of keepers.

Johnstone was valued by West Brom at £20m but the money will be better invested elsewhere.

36-year-old Łukasz Fabianksi remains one of the best keepers at premier league level and there was never any urgency for a keeper given that he is keeping them all at bay.

He has signed another 12-month extension with West Ham but looks likely to have another two years left in him at the highest level.

And his deputy Darren Randolph has a contract until 2023 and has proved he is more than capable in the Premier League.

The Hammers also retained 35-year-old David Martin for his experience in helping the young goalkeepers get up to speed.

It is hoped that either 22-year-old Nathan Trott or 22-year-old Joseph Anang can progress to the senior team over the next two years.

 

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2 comments on “Fab keeping them all at bay

  1. I like the optimism.

    However completely disagree and would prioritise a GK after a ST and a CB.

    Fabianski has had injury issues for 2 seasons now, this year the decline was obvious for all to see, he was making errors on claiming crosses, slower reaction speed to shots and after his lay off mid season the decline was greater.

    It’s a shame because he is a good keeper, but age catches the best of them.

    Randolph is not good enough, he isn’t commanding enough in the box and his shot stopping is sub par. He is a back up keeper for a reason, he is not good enough to be a premier league goalkeeper.

    David Martin isn’t staying on to be a solid back up choice either, he has other roles to play.

    Trott isn’t going to make it, he came back from a loan spell in league one, and then was 2nd fiddle in the U23s, Anang may have a chance, but I doubt it by now if Martin is 3rd choice, that leaves a lot to be desired of our young keepers.

  2. Spot on Jason with your comments, Fabianski is a decent goalkeeper but age catches up with you… If we do not sign another goalkeeper it will cost us, during the season. Fabianski’s distribution has not been the greatest for a while now.. We need a commanding goalkeeper, Areola comes to mind.. Hope I ‘m proven wrong but our back up keepers are definitely not EPL standard 🤔

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