Hammers chase La Liga keeper but does he suit us?


What with Fabianski entering pipe and slippers territory, the still inexperienced Anang and the recent injury to Areola. It has shown up the lack of depth in the goal keeping department.

So West Ham are now reportedly chasing RCD Mallorca’s goalkeeper, Predrag Rajkovic. But is he the missing piece for David Moyes‘ side?

Solid Shot-Stopping, Questionable Distribution

Rajkovic’s stats in La Liga are impressive. He boasts clean sheets and decent reflexes, making him a reliable presence in goal. He’s also decisive outside the area, which is a plus. However, his Achilles heel seems to be distribution. With a completion rate below 56% for passes from his own half, he could struggle with the Premier League‘s emphasis on building from the back.

This is not a particularly good statistic for a team who play counter attacking football. This is precisely why Areola suits David Moyes tactics more than Fabianski.

Rajkovic is undoubtedly younger and potentially hungrier than West Ham’s current number two, Lukasz Fabianski. He could provide much-needed competition and eventually replace the aging Fabianski. But Rajkovic’s distribution issues raise concerns.

Rajkovic has the potential to be a solid long-term option for West Ham. His shot-stopping skills are undeniable, and his age suggests he’s entering his prime. However, the distribution woes are a significant red flag. Can West Ham afford to gamble on his ability to adapt to their style of play?

Perhaps more focus should be placed on finding a keeper who complements their existing system. While Rajkovic has raw talent, West Ham might be better served by someone who can offer both reliable shot-stopping and confident distribution from the back.

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