Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes that West Ham United stopper Lukasz Fabianski will feel the heat following the arrival of Darren Randolph.
The Polish international is the Hammers’ regular number one, but has really struggled with injuries this season. Indeed, he missed 11 Premier League games in a row with a hip problem earlier in the campaign (Transfermarkt) and he recently suffered a recurrence of the issue against Sheffield United which will see him sit out the next couple of weeks (whufc.com).
Robinson has admitted that he feels sorry for the 34-year-old after his injury setback, whilst also suggesting that he may now feel a little uneasy with Republic of Ireland’s number one arriving at the London Stadium to challenge him for his position between the sticks.
When discussing Fabianski and his injury woes, Robinson told Football Insider: “I felt for him at Sheffield United when he went off with his injury. You could see that it’s something that he’s had for a long time and he was pleased to get back and get back playing.
“For it to reoccur, it’s always a hard one to take. Hip injury as well, it’s not an easy one, they take a lot longer than normal muscle strains or a run-of-the-mill injury, especially for a goalkeeper – you’re kicking, you’re landing on it.
“For him, he’ll feel very unsettled now that a number one has come in but from the West Ham point of view you can’t afford to have a number one goalkeeper missing for three or four weeks because that’s nine, 12 points.”
Robinson might be right in saying that Fabianski may feel that his position is now under more threat due to a combination of his injury problems and the arrival of Randolph.
When he was out previously, the two goalkeepers who replaced him weren’t as good as the former Birmingham City shot-stopper. Indeed, Roberto came in and conceded 16 goals in just seven starts (Transfermarkt) whilst David Martin was only brought in as a third choice in the summer.
Randolph, on the other hand, is the number one goalkeeper for his national team and has been extremely impressive in recent years for Middlesbrough, he was even named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year in 2019 (whufc.com).
So where Fabianski would have felt confident in getting his place back from Roberto or Martin, it may be a little trickier if Randolph comes in and performs well in his absence and the Pole may, therefore, be fearing for his place in the 11.
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