UEFA Europa League account gives special mention to West Ham ace Alphonse Areola after his wonder save against Sevilla.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper produced the goods for the Hammers against Sevilla during the UEFA Europa League last 16 second-leg tie against Sevilla last Thursday.
The tie was finely poised with Sevilla leading 1-0 after the first-leg in The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium the previous week.
And with the scores tied at 0-0 midway through the first-half, the Spaniards looked like they were all set to take a two-goal lead on aggregate.
Youssef En-Nesyri received the ball just 12 yards out from goal and hammered a left-footed strike towards the top left hand corner of Areola’s goal.
The French World Cup winner produced unbelievable reflexes though, reaching out with his right hand to parry the ball away whilst he was moving in the opposite direction.
It really was a match-winning save as the East London outfit went on to win the game 2-0 after extra-time and subsequently qualified for the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals where we will meet Lyon over two legs next month.
UEFA Europa League account recognises West Ham ace Alphonse Areola
The save that the 29-year-old made against Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League last-16 clash with Sevilla at the London Stadium last week really was a head-turner.
David Moyes surely made his mind up there and then that he will sign him on a permanent deal in the summer.
French publication Jeunes Footeux claims that talks are already underway between West Ham and Paris Saint-Germain to turn the goalkeeper’s loan deal into a permanent one.
We think that Areola will go on to be a huge star at the London Stadium.
He even got a special mention by the official Twitter account of the UEFA Europa League yesterday:
That has to go down as the save of the season, certainly from a Hammers goalkeeper.
Areola clearly is a top-class stopper and could be our number one for the next seven or eight years. He has proven during his performances in the UEFA Europa League this season that he is a better all-round goalkeeper than Lukasz Fabianski.
He’s more than worth the £11 million purchase option the Hammers allegedly have (Jeunes Footeux).
And if Moyes does in fact make the 29-year-old Frenchman’s loan move permanent in the summer, we will be in very good shape in the goalkeeping department for quite some time.