West Ham hope to have Lukasz Fabianski back on the pitch on Boxing Day, reliable insider EXWHUEmployee has said.
Fabianski has been out injured since the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in late September. Since then, West Ham have gone from third to 16th in the table.
Roberto took over from Fabianski between the sticks and conceded 15 goals in just six-and-a-half games. This included some disastrous goalkeeping, including a comical own goal against Burnley, with many dubbing him West Ham’s worst-ever stopper.
David Martin is now in goal and he kept a clean sheet on his debut. But Fabianski will walk straight back into the team when he is fit. The popular Poland international has set a target to return from injury for the trip to Crystal Palace on 26 December. If this goes to plan, West Ham only have one more game without Fabianski.
Is Fabianski our most important player?
Fabianski has been West Ham’s key player since joining from Swansea City in summer 2018. The 34-year-old won the Hammer of the Year award last season and was in superb form earlier this year too.
The evidence is clear enough to see. With Fabianski in goal, West Ham were competing for the Champions League spots. He has been missing for just over two months and it’s a relegation battle.
Fabianski’s form between the sticks has papered over some cracks in the West Ham defence. Also, his confidence spreads to the players, who know they have a reliable goalkeeper behind them.
This has not been the case since Fabianski’s injury and the players look nervous. Hopefully, when he’s back, Fabianski will save more points for West Ham and get us out of this mess.