On the weekend, West Ham went into their second Premier League game of the season without the impressive gloveman Lukasz Fabianski. The Polish shot-stopper was injured against Bournemouth (BBC), then earlier in October, The Evening Standard claimed he’d be out until 2020.
This news is obviously not at all what the Hammers need, and with their second choice goalkeeper looking like someone who doesn’t know his hands from his feet in Roberto, Fabianski is already missed. On Saturday that couldn’t have been clearer either, as the Spaniard slipped up to allow Bernard to score the Toffee’s first goal.
Last season, Fabianski’s debut season, the Polish shot-stopper was named as the club’s Hammer of the Year, becoming the first goalkeeper to win the award for 20 years since Shaka Hislop did so in 1999, whufc.com and it says a lot that he’s already missed after just two games.
The Irons will be desperate to get through the next few months without dropping too many points, but we’ve all seen what Roberto can do, or more importantly what he can’t do, after his shocker for Bernard’s opener on top of the horror show against Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.
It will certainly be a tough watch for a lot of the Irons, but they’ll be hopeful that with some game time and a run of minutes that he’ll be able to find some form and show what he can do and convince the fans that the club was right to sign him, but the early indications aren’t good.
The other reserve goalkeeper at the club is the veteran David Martin, and whilst we’re not expecting him to be given a go anytime soon, it would make sense for the ex-Millwall man to get a go if Roberto can’t find a degree of form during this long wait for Fabianski’s return.