In our latest instalment of the Flashback series, we take a look back at a certain moment and look at how things might have changed those initial reactions.
With Lukasz Fabianski currently out injured, Roberto has been between the sticks for West Ham United in recent weeks, while there is little chance of him keeping his place when the Poland international returns, he may look to emulate his fellow Spaniard Adrian.
When the goalkeeper, now at Liverpool, arrived at Upton Park in 2013, he did so with Jussi Jaaskelainen as the club’s main goalkeeper, meaning he was initially the backup in that position.
The Spaniard didn’t start any of the first 16 Premier League games he was available for, as per Transfermarkt, but by the end of the campaign, he had amassed 20 Premier League appearances.
He kicked on from this, eventually going on to make 150 appearances for the Hammers, becoming a popular figure for memorable moments such as his penalty in the shootout against Everton.
A sign of how fondly he was remembered comes in the form of the reaction from many West Ham fans after he won the UEFA Super Cup, as he received plenty of congratulations.
While it is unlikely that a 33-year-old Roberto will be able to usurp Fabianski when it is considered he was last season’s Hammer of the Year, he can still aim to become a popular figure through his performances and giving the fans some moments to remember.
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