Going into this summer, West Ham’s goalkeeper situation was an interesting one. Lukasz Fabianski is the undisputed number one at West Ham but who should provide cover for him?
With Adrian leaving, West Ham had several options. Firstly, they could sign an experienced short-term replacement to be the second-choice stopper. Secondly, a promising young goalkeeper could be brought in to provide short-term cover for Fabianski before becoming the long-term successor.
Alternatively, some fans called for Nathan Trott to be promoted. The Hammers academy starlet is highly-rated by the club. But is he ready?
It seems that West Ham do not feel Trott is ready to step up just yet. West Ham brought Roberto in as an immediate replacement for Adrian and this should pave the way for a loan exit for Trott.
Roberto replaces Adrian
Espanyol goalkeeper Roberto is joining West Ham on a two-year deal when his current contract expires this summer. The 33-year-old Spaniard replaces 32-year-old Spaniard Adrian.
Roberto is an experienced choice and will be the back-up option behind Fabianski. He kickstarts the summer window for West Ham and should allow Trott to leave on loan.
Who is Nathan Trott?
Trott joined West Ham on the recommendation of fellow Bermudian Hammer Clyde Best. Since arriving at West Ham in January 2016, Trott has been a regular in the academy team.
But his only senior playing time has been in the Checkatrade Trophy. The 20-year-old needs to get first-team games under his belt to progress to the next level.
The England U20 international is currently away on duty with the Young Lions at the prestigious Toulon Tournament. But when he returns, a loan spell must be negotiated.
Trott is seen as the future number one at West Ham. But this loan spell could be a make-or-break moment in his career. If he impresses, he could be fast-tracked into the first-team squad in 2020/21.