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West Ham United: Noel Whelan believes Roberto has played his last game for the Hammers

West Ham United: Noel Whelan believes Roberto has played his last game for the Hammers

Roberto Jimenez has played his last game for West Ham United, that is according to former Leeds striker Noel Whelan.

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The Spanish goalkeeper was signed by the Hammers in the summer transfer window as back-up to number one Lukasz Fabianski.

But after the Pole picked up an injury against AFC Bournemouth back in September, Roberto has found himself making more league appearances than he might have anticipated.

He recently started six games in a row for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, but it would be fair to say that things didn’t go according to plan as the London club failed to win any of the matches he played (Transfermarkt).

Following his disappointing performances, he was dropped for West Ham’s game against Chelsea on Saturday and Whelan believes that he may now have played his final game for the club.

Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan said: “Roberto is an absolute liability. I’m afraid to say that, at Premier League level, he is awful in goal.

“He’s played his last West Ham game if they’re bringing in a new keeper in January. They’ll definitely get rid if they can find a buyer, which may be easier said than done.

“Lukasz Fabianski is on his way back and David Martin looks like he will be in goal until he’s back now, after what happened at the weekend.”

It is difficult to disagree with Whelan on this one and barring an injury crisis it seems unlikely that Roberto will feature for the Hammers going forward.

The 33-year-old really struggled in the team, conceding 15 goals in just seven appearances in total and losing five times (Transfermarkt).

By contrast, his replacement David Martin was outstanding against Chelsea last time out, keeping a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge (Transfermarkt).

The team looked a lot more confident defensively with him between the sticks and he will now surely remain in goal until regular number one Fabianski returns from injury.

West Ham fans, do you think that Roberto should be sold in January? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

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