Although Lukasz Fabianski has been incredible for West Ham since his arrival from Swansea, the Hammers must look to reinforce the position with younger talent.
Lukasz Fabianski or “Super Fab” as many West Ham fans call him has been an amazing addition to the club. The veteran Polish keeper has had a great attitude, passion for the club, and has pulled out some amazing performances on the pitch as well. However, Fab just turned 35 years old, and after an injury-riddled season, it may be time for the Hammers to start looking for a new keeper.
Now, the Irons do have a few youngsters that may have what it takes to play in the Premier League. Nathan Trott, who was at loan at AFC Wimbledon this past year, has looked really good in League 1 and may be ready for some Premier League action now at age 21. Along with Trott, Joseph Anang has been anchoring down the spot for the Hammers U-23s, and at 19 years of age, looks to have a very promising future.
However, I still do believe that the Hammers will need to bring in a proven number one to solidify the position in their squad. Here are two keepers I believe the Irons should keep their eyes on:
Alexander Nubel – GK Schalke 04
Nubel is a massive keeper with big-match experience in the Bundesliga. Only 23 years old, he would be both an investment for the future and an immediate first-team player, providing the Hammers with valuable minutes should Fab’s form decline or if an injury is suffered. He would help the squad massively.
Thomas Strakosha – GK Lazio
Strakosha has been nothing but incredible for Lazio in the Serie A. At 25 years of age, he would come into West Ham and assume the number one spot right away. Prior to the suspension of the Serie A, Strakosha had 9 clean sheets in 26 games, a huge reason why Lazio currently sit at 2nd in the league table
Overall, the Hammers must address the goalkeeper position no matter how great Super Fab is. We must account for injury and make sure that we do not run into another Roberto disaster from this year. Goalkeeper depth this season is one of the main reasons why we are in a relegation battle, and the club needs to ensure that this does not happen again.