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West Ham: Fans left angered as Roberto is set to keep his place in starting XI

West Ham: Fans left angered as Roberto is set to keep his place in starting XI

West Ham goalkeeper Roberto is set to remain in goal for the Hammers’ Premier League clash against Tottenham after the international break, according to ClaretandHugh.

The Spanish shot-stopper has started the east London club’s previous seven matches due to usual first-choice keeper Lukasz Fabianski sustaining an injury against Bournemouth at the end of September, but he has looked a far from convincing figure between the sticks having conceded 16 goals within those games.

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Roberto put in a terrible performance as West Ham were convincingly beaten 3-0 by Burnley last weekend, with many Hammers fans now wanting the 33-year-old to be replaced for the visit of Spurs next week.

However, it has now come to light that the reason Roberto is seeing so much consistent game-time under Manuel Pellegrini – despite a string of poor performances – is because the club simply do not have another goalkeeping option available to them.

Allegedly, David Martin is bizarrely only employed on a nominal contract, purely to be a ‘training ground keeper’ and save shots from the club’s strikers during practice (via Claret&Hugh), making him unavailable for selection. Madness.

Here’s how some (extremely confused) West Ham fans reacted to the news on Twitter…

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