West Ham goalkeeper Roberto is unlikely to play for the club again, according to former England defender Danny Mills.
The Spanish shot-stopper arrived at the Hammers in the summer after leaving Espanyol and has recently been given plenty of game time due to an injury to regular number one Lukasz Fabianski.
However, the 33-year-old struggled between the sticks for the east London club and after conceding 14 goals in six Premier League starts (Transfermarkt), he has since been dropped in favour of third-choice keeper David Martin.
Mills believes that Martin will now retain his place in goal for West Ham until Fabianski returns, predicting that Roberto will no longer feature for the club.
When asked whether Hammers fans have seen the last of Roberto, Mills told Football Insider: “I would think so. I can’t see him getting back in for some time now.
“That will do Martin the world of good and the confidence it will give him, he’s just got to be solid, not make any silly mistakes and he’ll keep that until Fabianski comes back in.”
It is hard to disagree with Mills’ assessment, here. Quite simply, Roberto was not good enough when given the opportunity to play as the stats show.
As already mentioned, he shipped 14 goals in his stint between the sticks and in the six games that he played, the Hammers failed to win any, losing five of them (Transfermarkt).
He was an accident waiting to happen and made two errors which led directly to goals, saving just 69% of the shots he faced (SofaScore).
It is difficult to see a way back for him now. Martin did well in his first game for the club against Chelsea and kept a clean sheet (Transfermarkt), whilst Manuel Pellegrini has also confirmed that Fabianski should return before the end of December (whufc.com).
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