Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Lukasz Fabianski could prove a shrewd signing for West Ham

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While the football world attention is firmly fixed on Russia and the World Cup, clubs are still conducting transfer business ahead of next season.

One of the clubs active in the somewhat quiet transfer market are West Ham, who have snapped up Poland international Lukasz Fabianski from Swansea for a fee of around £7million. He is currently at the World Cup with his national side.

Too good for the Championship

As soon as Swansea suffered relegation, it became almost inevitable that Fabianski would leave, as no doubt, he is still good enough to play in the Premier League.

He is simply too good of a player to be plying his trade in the Championship next season. If would have been a massive surprise if he would have stayed with the Welsh club.

I am sure most Swansea fans understand his decision. He has stayed with the Swans through some majorly tough seasons in the Premier League. In fact, at times he single-handedly kept the Welsh side in the English top-flight.

He started to earn a reputation as a goalkeeper that makes a lot of saves, as most Fantasy Football players will know. Quite simply without Fabianski, Swansea could have suffered relegation a lot sooner than they did.

Better than the West Ham goalkeepers

West Ham are currently down to one senior goalkeeper in their squad in the shape of Adrian after Joe Hart failed to impress while on-loan with the Irons last season. Signing Fabianski seems like a no-brainer for the Hammers.

I am surprised that there were not more clubs in the queue to sign such a talented goalkeeper. He has quality and experience. The Polish international has also missed just three Premier League games since joining the Swans from Arsenal in 2014.

There is no doubt in mind that he is better than Adrian, who at times can be a decent goalkeeper. However, the Spaniard seems to have a problem with consistency.

For me, Fabianski is a far more reliable last line of defence for the Irons. He is also more reliable than the aforementioned Hart, whose career is in absolute limbo.

There are some Hammers fans on social media asking whether he will be back-up for Adrian. However, I see Fabianski being the Irons number one next season and Adrian being his back-up.

As a neutral, if I had a choice between the pair then I would choose Fabianski by a mile. Even during his Arsenal days, Fabianski looked a solid goalkeeper, but he was never considered good enough, despite some good displays for the Gunners.

West Ham should be aiming for the top half

I like West Ham as a club. I believe the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as boss was a masterstroke. He is a top coach with Premier League experience. The Chilean’s arrival should lead to better times than the relegation fights of recent seasons.

The Hammers are currently odds of 9/4 to finish in the top-half of the table next season, which surely has to be their immediate aim. The signing of Fabianski, full-back Ryan Fredericks and French centre-back Issa Diop look like a step in the right direction in solving the problems in their backline.

No doubt Pellegrini will continue to reshape the Irons squad this summer. If the experienced boss is given time he will help improve the clubs fortunes. Those improvements start with this summer’s recruitments.

At £7million, Fabianski looks to be a very shrewd signing by the Hammers. It would be a surprise if he is not a success at the London Stadium.

Is Lukasz Fabianski a good signing for West Ham?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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