West Ham United have had a rather mixed campaign so far in the Premier League as they look to improve on previous years that have gone by.
Manuel Pellegrini was brought in to replace David Moyes in the summer as the club signalled their intent to improve things at the London Stadium and bring European football to the club in the near future.
A number of high-profile players were brought into the club to try and match their ambitious aims, including the likes of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, however, both had a considerable amount of money spent on them.
One man, however, cost them a lot less than the two aforementioned names and, arguably, could be considered one of the Premier League bargains of the summer.
Lukasz Fabianski arrived at West Ham in the summer for a fee thought to be around £7.2million from Swansea City following their relegation from the Premier League.
And, it would be safe to say the 33-year-old has been worth every penny The Hammers spent on him.
The Poland international quickly established himself as the club’s number one under Pellegrini and has proved to many why he is playing over the likes of Adrian.
Fabianski, who has experience of top-flight football with Arsenal and Swansea, has made a number of crucial saves for The Irons as they look to compete for seventh place.
He has hardly made any mistakes in a season where he has had to make the most saves in the league so far this season – 101 saves in his 26 top-flight matches so far, which has led to calls from the club’s supporters already to name him Hammer of the Year.
It has not only been the fans that have been impressed with his performances, with Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier having also lauded the Polish ‘keeper’s ability.
Speaking on Soccer Saturday (14:33, 9 February 2019), per HITC, Le Tissier said: “I think this boy has been outstanding most of the season. I don’t recall him making too many mistakes.
“He has been an absolute bargain. When they talk about bargains of the transfer window, his name will be very near to the top of the list.”
The goalkeeper position appeared to be an area of concern at times for The London Stadium outfit, however, their current shot-stopper seems to be a man that has resolved any concerns the club may have had.
Despite being 33-years-old, goalkeepers tend to be able to play a little longer than their outfield team-mates and should he be able to remain fit and look after himself correctly, Fabianski could remain between the sticks for a few more years.
With the likes of Alisson Becker and Kepa Arrizabalaga costing Liverpool and Chelsea world-record fees, there are growing concerns for clubs that a reliable and solid ‘keeper could cost them dearly.
However, West Ham’s £7.2m signing of Fabianski appears to have made a mockery of those deals and could easily be considered one of the bargains of the season as he continues to shine in the Premier League.
West Ham fans – thoughts?