In the latest instalment of Profit Players, we take a look at West Ham United’s signing of Lukasz Fabianski and how he has gone on to become an integral player for the Hammers after signing for a relatively low fee.
Lukasz Fabianski signed for West Ham United from Swansea City in a deal worth £7m during the summer of 2018, as reported by BBC Sport at the time. Indeed, when you consider the fact that the likes of Jordan Pickford cost over three times that and has made 9 fewer saves while conceding 2 more goals, it does look like good business.
Furthermore, he was even included in talkSPORT’s Best Premier League XI outside the top six, speaking to his quality.
The Polish goalkeeper had just been relegated with the Swans and asked to leave due to the drop, having been named their Player of the Year.
When the man now 34-years-old arrived, Mario Husillos stated he would “bring strong competition to the position”, which turned out to be an understatement.
In his first season at London Stadium, Fabianski won the Hammer of the Year award, as reported on West Ham’s official website, having made the most saves in the Premier League across the campaign, seven ahead of the closest challenger Neil Etheridge with a total of 148, as per the league’s official website.
He has continued setting eye-catching records this campaign, as he has managed to keep three Premier League clean sheets in a row – against Norwich City, Aston Villa and Manchester United – something which wasn’t achieved by the Hammers in the whole of last season, as per Transfermarkt.
The indication is that he may have even overthrown Wojciech Szczesny as Poland’s number 1 goalkeeper, having started all four of his country’s most recent matches.
Fabianski has been superb during his time at West Ham so far, especially when it is considered he was signed for a seven-figure fee.
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