David Moyes has a huge call to make with Alphonse Areola pushing Lukasz Fabianski very hard for the number one goalkeeping spot.
The Hammers completed the signing of the 28-year-old goalkeeper on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain during the summer transfer window.
West Ham are believed to have an £11 million purchase option on the Frenchman as well (Wyn Foot).
Areola has only played two competitive games for the Hammers so far but he already looks the business.
Meanwhile, Lukasz Fabianski has played every single Premier League game this season.
The 36-year-old is not a bad goalkeeper, far from it. He’s just nowhere near Areola’s level though.
The Frenchman is a better shot-stopper, has better reflexes and agility, is more commanding in the air and its far better with the ball at his feet.
David Moyes meeds to move into the 21st century with Alphonse Areola treatment
David Moyes biding his time before putting Areola in as West Ham’s number one is such an old fashioned management style. It sometimes works with outfield players but there is no need for it between the sticks.
The 28-year-old, who is said to earn around £75k-a-week (Claret and Hugh), will be our number one goalkeeper over the course of the next eight years or so. With that in mind, why is Moyes persisting with Fab?
The Polish stopper is on the decline. He doesn’t do much wrong but he rarely makes a match winning save.
The mistakes that Fabianski does make aren’t usually glaring errors so he seems to escape criticism.
The way that he parried the ball back into the danger zone yesterday before Brentford scored their winner quite simply wasn’t acceptable for a Premier League goalkeeper.
It’s time for Areola to get the nod. There is quite simply no room for sentiment in the Premier League.
And Fabianski would be a very solid backup option. He still has a lot to offer this season but it’s time for the better player to be given the shirt.
West Ham are a far stronger team with Areola in the side, that surely cannot be debated.