West Ham United boss David Moyes has big concerns over goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Last season Fabianski was head and shoulders West Ham’s star player.
The Poland international cemented his place as one of the best goalkeepers in West Ham’s modern history.
This term Fabianski was hit by a long-term injury which kept him out for several months.
And his importance to the team was highlighted when West Ham’s season spiralled into a dramatic freefall after a superb start which saw the Hammers being tipped to challenge for a European place.
West Ham’s season was derailed by Fabianski injury
If Fabianski is one of West Ham’s best ever goalkeepers, his replacement Roberto ranks as the worst.
His desperate displays saw him eventually dropped in favour of ‘training ground goalkeeper’ David Martin.
And when January came around Moyes acted fast to bring back Darren Randolph as West Ham number two while the hapless Spaniard was shipped out on loan.
In truth neither Randolph or Martin can be considered true challengers for the number one spot.
So it is a major concern that Moyes and the Hammers management team feel Fabianski is ‘regressing’.
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The report claims Moyes is so concerned about Fabianski that he is pursuing Stoke City’s Jack Butland at full throttle.
Fabianski turns 36 next season. Butland is 27 so could go on to be West Ham’s new number one for the next five or six years at least.
Fabianski looked understandably rusty on his return from injury.
Fab’s importance cannot be underestimated
He broke down again a couple of games into his return.
But some supporters feel he was rushed back because Roberto was that bad.
The Polish goalkeeper won a host of awards last season including West Ham’s own prestigious Hammer of the Year gong.
He was undoubtedly one of West Ham’s best players.
But it appears his injury has put doubts in the minds at West Ham if the report is accurate.
His importance to the side should not be underestimated. But the Hammers are right to start looking for a potential successor.