At 38 years of age, it’s fair to say Jussi Jaaskelainen hasn’t got many more playing years left in him for West Ham United. Don’t misunderstand me though, he hasn’t done anything wrong, but I feel that we need to start looking build for the future.
Since JJ has come in, he has certainly proved that he is a superb shot stopper, but I worry about his overall game. His distribution of the ball is not great, he is ok at crosses, but not completely assured, and he has made a couple of errors. I can see why Allardyce signed him. A player he knows well from his Bolton Wanderers days, a player he trusts, and was a free transfer. It was a good fit for both parties. But I have to say, I would like someone a little younger, a player who will give the club some longevity over the next 4-5 seasons.
I was quite happy to hear the club linked with Paul Robinson of Blackburn Rovers – a good pro, a solid keeper with International and Champions League experience, and still has a few good seasons left in him. I don’t think Blackburn want to keep him so would be available for a nominal fee, and will give us a base for which to build from the back with.
Another player who interests me is Jack Butland of Birmingham City. A young player, who is currently playing regular first team football. A player I believe can emulate Joe Hart at Manchester City – a player with a massive future, plays beyond his years and could be the keeper to lead us into the new era we will face when we move to the Olympic Stadium in the next few years.
JJ is doing a fine job right now, but the goalkeeping area is a place I would like to see us strengthen in the summer.