West Ham are in the market for a new goalkeeper in the transfer market, after a long-term injury to Lukasz Fabianski.
Given the choice, who would you take?
The Poland international suffered a torn hip muscle during the Hammers’ 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in September and is yet to return to full fitness.
Fabianski, 34, was the club’s player of the season last time out, with no goalkeeper making more saves than his 148 as per the Premier League’s official website.
Second choice Roberto, who arrived from Espanyol in the summer, hasn’t convinced with pundits such as Darren Bent slating him after some nightmare performances.
Sdna.Gr report that Olympiakos’ Jose Sa is on the Hammers’ radar as a potential target when the January transfer window opens.
Sporting director Mario Husillos could help them get any move over the line, as a result of his good relationship with his former side in Greece according to the report. Indeed, Football.London have previously reported of his importance to how the Irons operate behind the scenes and that he was ‘starting to flex his muscles’ in the transfer market.
So, given Roberto’s struggles, moving for another ‘keeper could be a good idea. Should another strong option between the sticks arrive, there perhaps wouldn’t be such a strong reliance on Fabianski, whose absence has been notable. Indeed, with that in mind, Sa has kept an impressive 7 clean sheets already this season, conceding only 22 goals last season per Transfermarkt.
Though prising him away from Greece mid-season may prove difficult, it could be worth playing the long game here. Yes, Fabianski is clearly important but Sa could act as both cover and competition in equal measure, as well as potentially provide a long-term heir going forward.
Roberto just simply isn’t good enough, and his recent performances will have had Pellegrini pulling his hair out. It’s about time someone behind the scenes stepped in to help.
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