The true cost of Lukasz Fabianski’s injury to West Ham United has been laid bare by new comparison statistics.
The Polish goalkeeper won a host of awards last season including West Ham’s own prestigious Hammer of the Year gong.
He is undoubtedly West Ham’s best player.
And when he suffered a bad injury away at Bournemouth, West Ham fans felt an all too familiar impending sense of doom.
But Fabianski’s importance to the team has been underlined as nothing short of talismanic by new comparison statistics.
A truly Fab goalkeeper
Before the brilliant ‘keeper suffered the injury which will keep him out until the end of December, West Ham had lost just once in six games. And that was to reigning champions Manchester City on the opening day.
A draw at Brighton was followed by wins at Watford and at home against Norwich before a draw at Villa and another win over Manchester United.
After that the decline is shocking.
Nine less points, double the goals conceded
The ugly defeat at Oxford United – which was three days before Fabianski’s injury – saw back-up Roberto play the game and concede four.
It was a sign of things to come as a draw at Bournemouth was followed by defeats to Palace and Everton, a draw at home against Sheffield United and a shambolic 3-2 defeat at home to Newcastle.
So 11 points vs two for West Ham. And double the amount of goals shipped too. West Ham conceded seven in the games before Fabianski’s injury and 14 thereafter.
Pellegrini missing his talisman
The stats don’t lie. Pellegrini admitted himself West Ham are sorely missing Fabianski (Independent).
But West Ham cannot be feeling sorry for themselves. The Hammers still have at least another month to get through without their star man.
Supporters will just be praying that the hapless Roberto can somehow turn things around.
West Ham with Fabianski available this season: