When West Ham United paid £7million to sign Lukasz Fabianski from relegated Swansea City some fans were underwhelmed.
West Ham supporters had been promised marquee signings.
They got them too. With the likes of Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop and Andriy Yarmolenko joining for a combined total of over £80 million.
Fabianski, though, was seen by some as an Arsenal flop who had just contributed to Swansea’s relegation.
Indeed many Hammers fans questioned whether Fabianski was any better than Adrian.
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So they were taken aback by predictions from pundits that Fabianski would prove one of the signings of the season.
“Lukasz Fabianski was great last season and I like their business,” Merson told Sky Sports over the summer.
Former Hammers favourite Ashton agreed telling The Express: “Fabianski is a great signing, I’ve rated him for a few years and he almost kept Swansea up at times with his performances.”
‘A fabulous signing’
And Gunners legend Nicholas, who saw plenty of Fabianski during his time at the Emirates, concurred.
“The big question is whether they’ve improved at the back and I think Lukasz Fabianski is a fabulous signing,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
It says everything that six months into his Hammers career Fabianski is already being hailed as one of the best the club has ever had.
The ex Gunner is well on his way to being crowned Hammer of the Year.
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Fabianski has been immaculate this season and is officially the best goalkeeper in the Premier League according to statistics which show he has made 97 saves this season, nine more than second-placed David De Gea.
Fabianski’s status has also been boosted after becoming the first player in eight years to beat Robert Lewandowski to the Pilka Nozna’s Polish Footballer of the Year prize (whufc.com).