For the first time in several years, West Ham have really solved their goalkeeper issues. Lukasz Fabianski was a shrewd purchase from Swansea City last summer.
The towering Poland international has kept West Ham in many games and is the frontrunner to become Hammer of the Year.
But West Ham have another goalkeeper problem this summer. Who will be Fabianski’s back-up choice next season? We take a look at three options West Ham could take…
Adrian is out of contract at the end of the season and is likely to leave West Ham after six years of good service. The popular Spaniard has provided West Ham fans with fond memories and is more than qualified to be Fabianski’s back-up choice.
But the 32-year-old is likely to return to Spain in the summer and finish his playing days back there. It seems like the right time for Adrian and West Ham to say goodbye this summer so a new contract appears unlikely.
Sign a replacement
If Adrian leaves, West Ham might look to sign a replacement. This should be a low-cost operation if the Hammers decide to take this path.
The new goalkeeper would either need to be a cheap younger player with the potential to overtake Fabianski in a few years or a more experienced option who would happily be a back-up stopper.
Promote from within
The third option for West Ham is to promote from within. The Irons are blessed with some impressive young goalkeepers and one of those could step up.
England under-20 goalkeeper Nathan Trott would be the obvious choice but Joseph Anang also represents England at youth level and is not too far behind his team-mate.
If Trott or Anang is promoted, Serine Sanneh or Daniel Jinadu could be given more opportunities in the under-23 team.
And it would be great exposure for Trott or Anang; sitting on the bench in the Premier League and getting cup games under their belt.