West Ham supporters have been very buoyant in recent times after seeing their team pick up a fourth consecutive Premier League victory at the weekend.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men went into their meeting with struggling Fulham at Craven Cottage off the back of wins over Newcastle United, Cardiff City, and Crystal Palace in their preceding league outings, and thus going in search of a fourth straight success for the first time since 2014 when they faced Claudio Ranieri’s Cottagers. And the Hammers made the trip back across the capital with all three points as goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio sealed a 2-0 success for Pellegrini’s side, lifting them up to ninth place in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many delighted West Ham fans up and down the country in recent times, with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski one man who has earned many rave reviews for his efforts so far this term.
And given it cost owners David Gold and David Sullivan just £7.2 million (as per Transfermarkt) to lure him away from Swansea City during the summer, to thus plug a key problem in the Hammers squad, it’s a shrewd call from the club which is looking more and more like a steal with every passing day.
Ultimately, the East London outfit have struggled somewhat in the goalkeeping ranks in recent times, what with Joe Hart failing to convince of his capabilities for much of last season on loan from Manchester City, while Adrian did occasionally deputise for the Englishman, only to also struggle between the sticks.
Thus, West Ham were in dire need of an accomplished goalkeeper during the close season, and an accomplished goalkeeper is exactly what they got in 33-year-old Fabianski, who has been an absolute revelation for Pellegrini’s side this season.
The Poland international, capped 48 times by his country over the years, has started every single one of West Ham’s 16 Premier League games this season, and in that time has kept three clean sheets and shipped 25 goals – that’s four goals fewer than Manchester United have conceded this term.
But those numbers do not tell the whole story, as Fabianski has time and again made some vital saves to help win the Hammers points and indeed matches so far this term – in a summer of big spending, his arrival has proven to be arguably the most important of the lot.
Yes, the likes of Felipe Anderson and Issa Diop have certainly proven their worth following big-money moves during the close season, but it was clear that not only did West Ham need a goalkeeper, but they needed one that could be relied upon to produce the goods in the Premier League – every top side needs an excellent goalkeeper.
And the Hammers have certainly got one in the form of 33-year-old Fabianski, whose £7.2 million move from Swansea is looking more and more like a Gold & Sullivan steal with every passing day.
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