Fab reveals his biggest critic


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Lukasz Fabianski – having signed a new deal at the club – has two very domineering individual to please if he is to remain at the top of his profession.

The Polish international has been in great form again this season and demonstrated he remains at the top of his profession with a couple of amazing saves.

He will need to be in his best shape again – with the rest of the squad – as we  go to Old Trafford on Sunday for what promises to be a tough game.

But with a brilliant defence – marshalled currently by Craig Dawson – Lukasz will be hoping that once again he receives the sort of cover he has had in recent games.

Even at 36 the Hammers No 1 stopper is still looking to get to the peak of his career declaring: “I believe I have a lot of hunger in myself to develop” and that comes in part from the two guys he needs to keep happy!

He told West Ham TV: ” My son is probably my biggest critic because he gave me some tough times this season so far!” Fabiański told West Ham TV, with a smile. “We already had some funny conversations.

“On Tuesday morning the first thing he asked me when he woke up, because he didn’t see the Leeds game, was ‘what was the score?’ and ‘did we win?’ and stuff like that!

“That tells you in general the situation I’m finding myself in at the moment is very settled and it’s very satisfying.

“At the same time I believe I have a lot of hunger in myself to develop. Since I came here, I feel working with Xavi Valero, the goalkeeping coach, helped me to develop a lot as a goalkeeper.

He is very demanding and he is pushing us goalkeepers every single day, so I just want to try to get better because I still think there has been room for improvement.”

Like every Hammer, son Jan is looking forward to returning to London Stadium to cheer the team on, and keep a close eye on his father’s performance, when it is safe to do so.

And, having extended his stay until the end of next season, Fabiański is hopeful Jan will be part of a capacity crowd again soon.

“Actually, he was able to come to the one game we had with the fans this season [against Manchester United in December] but he cried afterwards because we lost and he gave me some stick!” he revealed.

“I think everyone just can’t wait for the fans to come back to the stadium and it all looks like it’s going to happen [regularly] in the next season so I think it will be great for them to come back to normal circumstances.

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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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