The Lowdown: Moyes plotting Fabianski axe…
Already it appears that the manager has a plot underway to axe one of his ‘untouchable’ West Ham mainstays in the Polish goalkeeper.
Indeed, according to Football Insider, the Scotsman is planning to replace his current number one with Areola in the starting XI over the coming weeks.
It is said that Moyes wants to phase the Frenchman in gradually as he looks to make Areola his new goalkeeping first choice.
The Latest: Phillips left surprised…
Speaking to Football Insider in reaction to this development, Phillips has been left surprised by Moyes’ plan but insists that Fabianski is a professional and will help Areola regardless, despite him possibly feeling a little bit ‘aggrieved’.
“He’s [Areola] going to be the number one eventually,” the former Sunderland striker explained.
“That’s why he was brought in. He can learn from Fabianski. It won’t be ideal and I’m sure he will feel aggrieved.
“But he’s a pro and he will help Areola settle into the club. Fabianski has that experience so it does surprise me slightly.
“I’ll never go against David Moyes considering what he’s done but that’s a major change.
“If he does make Areola number one he will have a player behind him pushing and that’s always a good thing.”
The Verdict: Good move by Moyes?
Currently on loan from Paris-Saint Germain, Areola enjoyed a consistent spell in the Premier League with Fulham last season despite their relegation, keeping nine clean sheets in 36 starts.
Scott Parker even lauded the player as ‘exceptional‘ and we believe he could be the ideal long-term replacement for Fabianski as the 36-year-old Poland international reaches his twilight phase.
In other news: ‘Had a shocker’, ‘Offered nothing’…West Ham fans blast ‘poor’ ace who lost the ball 16 times against Southampton, find out more here.
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