West Ham fans are not at all fans of Roberto, the club’s Spanish goalkeeper. The ex-Olympiacos man came into the side after Lukasz Fabianski’s recent injury against Bournemouth although so far he has hardly impressed, making plenty of blunders.
The supporters have got to the point where now they’re desperate to see either a youngster or even their third-choice goalkeeper step up in, and the pressure is really starting to build on the Chilean to drop his Spanish second choice as soon as possible to give them a chance of getting a win.
In the most recent meeting that the Hammers had in the Premier League, they fell 3-0 to Burnley at Turf Moor, and the third goal in the defeat was a shocking own goal as Roberto punched a corner into his own net, leaving the travelling fans with egg on their faces.
After that game, calls were there for Roberto’s head. However, it’s been claimed that Manuel Pellegrini is set to stick by his summer signing and won’t be calling upon David Martin, the former Millwall man and currently third-choice glove-man, anytime soon, even if Roberto has come in for stick.
This news has come from Claret and Hugh, who have also claimed that the signing of David Martin was purely for him to come in as a training ground shot-stopper. The report claims:
‘This involves him in being available at Rush Green to make saves from strikers on the training ground and he was employed on a nominal contract.’
Given this news, it’s unlikely that Roberto will be dropped, and that can only be a good thing. The Spaniard may have struggled as of late, but his confidence will already be low and exiling from the side won’t help at all.
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It might be hard for the fans to have to get behind their man, but doing so is imperative at the moment as it looks like they’re out of other options, and they only have to get by until Fabianski can make his return from injury.