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West Ham United: Manuel Pellegrini preparing to drop Roberto after international break

West Ham United: Manuel Pellegrini preparing to drop Roberto after international break

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is prepared to drop Roberto in favour of David Martin after the international break, according to Football Insider.

It’s been a problem area for the Hammers ever since Lukasz Fabianski suffered a long-term hip injury, ruling their regular number one out until December.

The Poland international was a key figure for the side, making more saves than any other goalkeeper in the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Roberto, 33, arrived on a free transfer from Espanyol in the summer and has been deputising in Fabianski’s absence.

In the following five games, they’ve conceded 11 goals and failed to pick up a single victory; a run of form that has seen them plummet down the Premier League table.

After poor displays against Burnley and Newcastle, Pellegrini has had a change of heart over the Spaniard, and will trial the experienced David Martin in training over the international break. Indeed, pundits such as Darren Bent have slated the custodian, stating that he is costing them points.

To that end, Martin, who arrived from Millwall on a free transfer in the summer but hasn’t played yet, having spent the vast majority of his career at Milton Keynes Dons, is reportedly set to be drafted in over the course of the international break.

As per the report, Pellegrini has changed his stance in his backing of Roberto and could turn to the 33-year-old, who’s father Alvin represented the Irons almost 500 times between 1976 and 1996.

The Hammers are 16th, just five points clear of the relegation zone, and haven’t won since beating Manchester United at the London Stadium in September.

It doesn’t get much easier for Pellegrini’s men, either, with London derbies against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur on the horizon when the Premier League returns later this month. With that in mind, drastic measures such as this one should be considered.

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