West Ham announce their second signing of the summer with former Swansea City goalkeeper coming to East London. The deal is rumoured to revolve around a £7million fee.
Fabiaski is currently in Russia representing his home nation of Poland.
A move for a keeper was absolutely necessary seeing as Joe Hart’s horrendous loan spell at West Ham has come to an end. Hart made 19 Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season and allowed a whopping 39 goals in that period while only keeping 4 clean sheets. Safe to say the bar is low for Fabianski here.
As for the other keeper on the squad, Adrian appears to possibly be on his way out of London. Adrian is a massive fan of his boyhood and former club Real Betis and could be reunited with them should he demand a move out. He was outspoken last season following the loan of Joe Hart, stating that he was the best keeper on the squad and deserved to keep his position.
Despite his fiery passion and his highly regarded status amongst West Ham supporters Adrian has been dropped for “back up keepers” twice in the last two seasons as his career form appears to be dropping.
So, with Fabianski coming in what is West Ham getting with their new keeper? Well at 33 years of age he brings a wealth of experience. But more importantly Fabianski ranks 1st in saves with 369 saves since 2015/16. He was also top 3 in Europe for saves last season with 136.
The real important piece to this signing for West Ham is that he was not guaranteed the starting position. This leaves the door open for West Ham to sign a more exciting, young keeper to challenge for the job from Fabianski. As it stands now it is a solid and safe signing for West Ham that is hopefully mutually beneficial for both parties.