It’s time for David Moyes to bite the bullet and make Alphonse Areola West Ham United’s first choice goalkeeper in every competition.
The 29-year-old spent last season on loan with the Hammers from Paris Saint-Germain but was limited to a bench role in the Premier League.
That hasn’t been the case for the French World Cup winner though.
Areola has had to make do with the playing the UEFA Europa Conference League games, although he was handed one outing in the Premier League after Lukasz Fabianski went off injured on the opening day of the season against Manchester City.
The bottom line is that Areola is a better goalkeeper than Fab. That’s not to say that the Pole is a poor player, but he’s 37 now, and is clearly well past his best.
Moyes needs to make a big change…
David Moyes must bite the bullet with Alphonse Areola
Now is the time for the Scot to give the Frenchman the number one jersey.
Areola is a top-class goalkeeper and he can be our number one stopper for the next seven or eight years.
Areola was mightily impressive for West Ham when he played last season. He conceded just 15 goals in 18 appearances for the Hammers and kept eight clean sheets in the process (Transfermarkt).
The 29-year-old is an unbelievable shot-stopper and he proved that last term with a sensational point-blank save against Sevilla in the last-16 Europa League tie at the London Stadium.
Areola is incredibly good with the ball at his feet as well and his distribution is on another level to Fabianski’s.
If the Hammers are to make the jump up to the next level and become more of a possession-based team, we need a goalkeeper in the mould of Areola between the sticks.
It’s time for David Moyes to bite the bullet and make the 29-year-old Frenchman our number one goalkeeper, week in, week out.
Fabianski still has a role to play at the London Stadium, but he certainly shouldn’t be our starting goalkeeper anymore.