West Ham supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side ease to a fifth Premier League victory of the season on Tuesday night.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men went into their encounter with struggling Cardiff City off the back of beating Newcastle United 3-0 on Saturday, and thus went in search of back-to-back league wins for the first time since January 2017 when Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds made the trip to the capital. And the Hammers did just that as a brace from Lucas Perez as well as a Michail Antonio strike inspired the hosts to a 3-1 victory at the London Stadium, thus moving them up to 12th place in the Premier League table.
As such, there have been many delighted West Ham fans up and down the country in recent times, plenty of whom have been heaping praise on goal-scorers Perez and Antonio for their vital contributions on Tuesday night.
Yet many have also be lauding the efforts of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who saved a penalty from Joe Ralls with the scores level at the London Stadium, with it becoming increasingly clearer by the day just how vital a summer signing he was by new manager Pellegrini.
And while the likes of Issa Diop and Felipe Anderson have been earning rave reviews following their summer moves to West Ham, it’s 33-year-old Fabianski who is proving to be the best signing the club made during the close season.
Ultimately, there is little doubting just how influential messrs Diop and Anderson have been so far this term, with the former helping plug a big hole in the heart of the Hammers backline, while the latter has shown great attacking pedigree to suggest that he could be a star at the London Stadium.
Yet it was plainly obvious that Pellegrini had to bolster his goalkeeping ranks during the close season, what with Joe Hart only on loan from Manchester City last season, and Adrian proving too inconsistent to be relied upon in the Premier League.
And while Fabianski was part of a Swansea City side relegated from the top-flight last term having shipped 56 goals in their 38 games, he has proven throughout his Premier League career to be hugely dependable between the sticks – something which has again been present this time round.
The Poland international has started all 15 of their league games so far and kept two clean sheets for Pellegrini’s side, and while his tally of 23 goals against doesn’t make for great reading, it’s the key saves and contributions he has made on the pitch that has seriously helped the Hammers.
Be it saving Ralls’ penalty on Tuesday night, or indeed making several important saves in prior games against Leicester City, Chelsea, and Huddersfield Town, the 33-year-old has been an absolute revelation at the London Stadium – he was exactly what the club needed after years of unconvincing goalkeepers.
Thus, while Diop and Anderson deserve credit for starting life at West Ham very well indeed, Fabianski’s impact in a side crying out for an accomplished goalkeeper has been huge, which is why the £7.2 million bargain (as per Transfermarkt) the club pulled off is proving to be their best signing of the summer.
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