West Ham goalkeeper Roberto has been told that he has “played his last game for the club” as he draws closer to a move away from London Stadium.
Football Insider reported that the Hammers are close to agreeing a loan deal with La Liga outfit Alaves for the 33-year-old, with David Moyes indicating that the Spaniard is not part of his plans at the club.
According to Football Insider, West Ham are hoping that the ‘keeper will impress sufficiently during his loan spell to attract offers for a permanent move in the summer.
Roberto only came to West Ham last summer but, having been given a run of games in the team by ex-Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini following injury to Lukasz Fabianski, the Spaniard made a succession of costly errors. He came in for stinging criticism from some of the club’s supporters after mistakes that led to goals for Everton and Newcastle earlier in the season and he contrived to push the ball into his own net in a 3-0 defeat at Burnley in November.
He was eventually dropped in favour of David Martin after a harrowing seven-match sequence in which he conceded 15 goals and failed to keep a clean sheet, with West Ham drawing two and losing five of those games (as per TransferMarkt). He was brought back in for the Boxing Day trip to Crystal Palace in which the Hammers lost 2-1 despite scoring first.
It was telling that, even after Fabianski went off injured in last week’s defeat at Sheffield United, Moyes opted to bring in 32-year-old goalkeeper Darren Randolph for a second spell at the club to supplement Martin and Roberto as his other options in nets. The Republic of Ireland international conceded as many goals (21) in 14 games for Middlesbrough this season (1.5 per game) as Roberto did in 10 for the Hammers (2.1 per game), while Martin has let in six goals in his five appearances in 2019/20 (1.2 per game).
Fabianski has played the same number of games as Roberto this season but, having shipped 10 goals (one per game), the Pole’s concession rate is less than half that of the Spaniard. Also, the club confirmed this week that Fabianski is likely to return to fitness before the end of January.
The figures show that Roberto has a significantly worse concession rate than his fellow goalkeepers at West Ham and his succession of errors in the first half of the season have clearly convinced Moyes that he is not up to the task, judging by the manager reportedly telling the 33-year-old that he won’t play for the club again.
With three other senior goalkeepers at London Stadium, there appears no need for the club to hang on to Roberto if he is apparently valued so lowly by Moyes. Fabianski, Martin and Randolph have all proven less likely to ship goals, so the Hammers can certainly afford to let the Spaniard move on and try to revive his career elsewhere.
West Ham fans, do you think Roberto’s time at the club is up given his poor form and Moyes’ indication that he is not part of his plans? Share your views in the comments section below!
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