Lukasz Fabianski has been exceptional for West Ham United this season, however, his time between the sticks is surely limited because of his age.
With Adrian appearing to wave goodbye to supporters after their final match of the season against Watford at the London Stadium, it would be wise for the Hammers to look at finding a shot-stopper who would potentially be the heir to the Poland international’s throne.
And, this is where the Transfer Battle comes into play as two men have been linked with possible moves to east London this summer to do exactly that.
Both Bartlomiej Dragowski and Neil Etheridge have been touted with switches in recent weeks, however, which of the ‘keepers would be the best man for the task and which one should West Ham look to prioritise this summer?
Let’s take a closer look at the duo below…
Tuttomeractoweb recently reported that West Ham were interested in Fiorentina’s Dragowski after having been impressed with his performances for Empoli this season. The 21-year-old has shown glimpses of quality for the Serie A outfit and his displays in a struggling team have been rather encouraging to say the least.
Fabianski knows a thing or two about making a number of saves, having made the most in the Premier League this season, however, the young Polish stopper had to make 17 in one game against Atalanta recently and still managed to keep a clean sheet!
Bringing Dragowski to the London Stadium to be an understudy for their current number one would make plenty of sense for the club and the player. The youngster would be able to learn from one of his country’s best day in and day out which could help him reach the heights many expect him to achieve in the future.
Having Fabianski at the club would also allow the youngster to settle into life in London a little easier as he could act as a mentor for the shot-stopper, which would then allow him to get into his game quicker and put his mind at ease in a new environment whilst he would have plenty of time to make a name for himself.
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Football Insider have claimed the Hammers are interested in signing Neil Etheridge this summer and are thought to be weighing up a move for the Cardiff City goalkeeper. Following the Welsh outfit’s relegation to the Championship, the Irons could look to pounce and try and strike a cut-price deal for the shot-stopper.
The Philippine international was hugely impressive in the Premier League last season and managed to raise a few eyebrows with his performances for the Bluebirds. The 29-year-old was also kept extremely busy in the league last year, having made 141 saves – just seven fewer than Fabianski and putting him second in the list.
Etheridge is thought to be an attractive addition for Manuel Pellegrini’s side this summer as he would go towards their homegrown quota and would certainly provide their current number one with plenty of competition as he has proven he is more than adequate to play in the top-flight.
However, with Fabianski playing so well, would Etheridge be prepared to head to the London Stadium and likely have to wait and bide his time for an opportunity? It would be rather unlikely that he would after playing an instrumental role for Cardiff and other teams could be prepared to put him straight into their starting XI as soon as he signed.
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Dragowski and Etheridge are both talented goalkeepers and would both be excellent cover options for Fabianski at West Ham, however, the former of the pair would surely be the better option for the Hammers to try and target in the summer.
It would be highly unlikely that the Phillipino shot-stopper would be happy with a place on the substitutes bench, whilst dropping the Polish veteran is certainly not an option that Pellegrini can consider at the present moment.
As mentioned, Dragowski and West Ham could both benefit from the current set-up they have at the club, whilst the 21-year-old still has plenty of time on his side to make an impact at the London Stadium in the future.
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