Who (allegedly) signs a third-choice goalkeeper when the club does not have a second-choice already in place? West Ham United, that’s who.
According to a report by the South London Press, the Hammers are set to bring Millwall goalkeeper David Martin to the London Stadium in such a capacity. Hopefully, the fans can forgive him for his ties with his former club, although there are lines that can never be crossed.
Firstly, regarding the move, we can see why the Irons are keen on snapping the player up and there are a number of reasons as to why it makes sense.
Martin is available on a free transfer after his contract expired at Millwall and has become the norm for clubs to snap up veteran goalkeepers when they become available – former Hammer Rob Green is at Chelsea whilst Lee Grant is at Manchester United. Still can’t quite believe those names and clubs are in the same sentence other than when they have had to pick up the ball out of the back of the net against them.
The 33-year-old is an experienced shot-stopper and can provide back-up, should the likes of Lukasz Fabianski and their second-choice ‘keeper get injured or become unavailable – their name escapes me at the moment… wait! that’s because there isn’t one at the club yet.
Unless Nathan Trott will make the jump up and deputise for the experienced Pole following Adrian’s departure? It is a possibility.
Manuel Pellegrini has brought youngsters into the team at points over the last season, with the likes of Grady Diangana, Joe Powell and Ben Johnson getting opportunities to express themselves in the first-team.
The Berumda-born ‘keeper, who did sign a new contract back in March, has been on the substitutes bench for the senior side in the past, however, whether he is ready to deputise remains to be seen.
Maybe the Hammers have another name on their wish list and just have not managed to get a deal already done for him? It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few months.
Signing Martin is smart business, however, the question regarding who will be second-choice still remains and is one Pellegrini must look to answer this summer.
West Ham fans, what do you think regarding Martin and the second-choice option? Do you think Trott will step up? Let us know below!
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