Paul Robinson has questioned David Moyes’ rumoured decision to drop Lukasz Fabianski for West Ham United’s next match.
The Lowdown: Hammers have alternative option
Fabianski is currently the Hammers’ clear number one – he has started all seven matches in the Premier League this term, while he played 35 times in the league last season (Transfermarkt).
However, as per The Athletic, the former Poland international could be replaced by Alphonse Areola for this weekend’s clash against Everton.
The Latest: Robinson questions decision
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson, 41, who of course has plenty of experience between the sticks in the top flight, questioned Moyes’ decision:
“Really? That would be very harsh on Fabianski.
“He is a goalkeeper that has really developed in his latter years. He has turned into a really good goalkeeper. I have to be honest, when he was at Arsenal I did not rate him.
“If he was taken out of the West Ham team now I would be surprised. I can’t remember any glaring errors he has made. I think he has done quite well this year.
“Moyes realised he needed strength and back-up in that area in the summer. That is why he brought in Areola.
“I really rate Areola. I think he’s a top class goalkeeper.”
The Verdict: Harsh
As Robinson says, this decision does seem to be a little harsh. Bar some injuries, Fabianski has been solid ever since he made the move to London from Swansea City, and he was integral part of the side that finished sixth in the Premier League last time out as the Irons qualified for the Europa League.
Moyes also called him “excellent” just earlier this year (via The Irish Independent).
Who should start in goal for West Ham?
Areola could be a future number one for West Ham. After all, he is just 28 years of age and Fabianski is by far his senior. Slowly but surely introducing Areola to the fold more regularly may be the right way forward, starting by continuing with the Frenchman on Thursday nights.
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