There has been an absolutely huge boost for West Ham star Alphonse Areola’s hopes ahead of the World Cup.

When David Moyes moved to make Areola’s move from PSG permanent in the summer many assumed he would succeed Lukasz Fabianski as West Ham’s number one.

The 6ft 5in French goalkeeper was brilliant on loan last season, starring as the West Ham’s number two on our memorable Europa League adventure.

At £10m, Areola was a bargain capture for the Hammers.

But he is having to be patient as he waits for his chance to be number one in his own right.

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While many fans believe Areola – with his superior reaction speed and kicking – should be number one right now, Fabianski has barely put a foot wrong for West Ham.

And until he does, Moyes is unlikely to change anything. Areola is clearly going to be the Scot’s long-term number one over the next five or six years.

But not starting regular games for the Hammers has seen Areola slip down the pecking order to third place goalkeeper for the French national side under Didier Deschamps.

That was made clear when, with Tottenham star and France captain Hugo Lloris injured, Deschamps picked AC Milan ‘keeper Mike Maignan as his replacement against Austria in the last international break.

Realistically, going to the World Cup as a number three goalkeeper would mean West Ham’s Areola would have next to no chance of getting any game time on the biggest stage of all.

However as the door closes on one player due to injury, it has swung open for the Hammers’ £10m man.

There has been an absolutely huge boost for West Ham star Alphonse Areola’s hopes ahead of the World Cup.

That’s after Maignan was unfortunately all but ruled out of next month’s tournament through injury.

Maignan sustained the injury midway through that game with Austria, seeing West Ham star Areola come into the France side as a substitute.

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And Areola will now be elevated to number two for France – as he is at West Ham – after Maignan was ruled out of the World Cup.

According to L’Équipe, Maignan will miss the Qatar World Cup after aggravating his calf injury in training.

“It has been since confirmed that it will mean he will miss the World Cup with Les Bleus,” L’Équipe reports.

“It was initially reported that the issue could rule him out of action for the next three weeks. But the latest reports have appeared to be much more severe for the goalkeeper…

“With Maignan injured, Alphonse Areola came onto the field midway into France’s Nations League tie against Austria.”


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