West Ham United have been one of the most active clubs in the transfer market this summer.
After landing Manuel Pellegrini as the new West Ham boss, owners David Sullivan and David Gold have embarked on a summer spending spree threatening to top the £100 million mark before this Thursday’s deadline.
The Hammers have brought in Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere and record £40 million signing Felipe Anderson.
It is the exciting Brazilian attacker Anderson who has captured the imagination most, though, with many tipping the former Lazio man to make a big difference at the London Stadium this season.
Picked up for just £7 million from relegated Swansea City, Poland back-up goalkeeper Fabianski is arguably the lowest profile of all Pellegrini’s additions so far.
But according to former Hammers hero Dean Ashton and Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas, the ex Arsenal shot-stopper is their best bit of business.
“They’ve gone out and got players,” Ashton told The Express when assessing West Ham’s business so far.
“Fabianski is a great signing, I’ve rated him for a few years and he almost kept Swansea up at times with his performances.”
And Gunners legend Nicholas, who saw plenty of Fabianski during his time at the Emirates, agrees with Ashton.
“The big question is whether they’ve improved at the back and I think Lukasz Fabianski is a fabulous signing,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
Fabianski is something of a surprise choice given some of the outfield talent the Hammers have invested in.
But given the seemingly endless question marks and issues surrounding West Ham’s goalkeeping situation last season, they could well be right.
The loan signing of Joe Hart was a disaster mitigated only by the fact the East London club were able to send him back to Manchester City this summer.
Adrian is a fans’ favourite but many have question marks over his consistency and ability to be the club’s number one.
So Fabianski looks a very sensible acquisition and could prove to be West Ham’s shrewdest deal of the season.