When the prestigious Hammer of the Year award is handed out in May it looks certain to be in safe hands with Lukasz Fabianski.

West Ham have endured a topsy turvy first season under Manuel Pellegrini.

Injuries have hampered the Hammers’ progress.

But West Ham demonstrated what they are capable of again in the superb 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Monday night.

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Fab signing looks cert for player of the season

There may be several contenders for the Hammer of the Year award this season.

Declan Rice and Felipe Anderson will be in the mix.

But many feel it is already Fabianski’s to lose.

The Poland star has been immaculate since signing for a bargain £7million from relegated Swansea City in the summer.


The former Arsenal man has made more saves than any other goalkeeper this term. But his calmness, decision-making, the way he commands his defence and distribution have been equally impressive.

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Premier League’s best attracting admiring glances

His form has attracted admiring glances from rival Premier League and European fans.

And Fabianski’s status has 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).

But the fans’ favourite has told the club’s official website he is happy at West Ham.

“I’ve had some bad moments in my career and maybe I started to really understand the game a bit later than some,” Fabianski told whufc.com.

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‘I’m happy and proud’

“What helped me in recent years is playing week in and week out. I’ve also worked with some really good goalkeeping coaches, at Swansea with Tony Roberts and here with Xavi Valero. They have helped me develop a lot and understand the game.

“I’m happy where I am, I’m proud with the way I got here and I just hope I can keep learning and get better as a ‘keeper.”

That will be a huge relief to Hammers fans who are certain they have found a goalkeeper fit to stand among some of the best they have ever had.

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