Goalkeeper – Jussi Jaaskelainen

Admittedly, having Premier League veteran Jussi Jaaskalainen between the West Ham sticks for another year is hardly the most harrowing of tales.

But the 38 year-old has shown a haunting calamitous streak this season which will have Hammers fans fearing the worst if he’s reinstated as the Upton Park outfit’s No.1 next term.

Back in November, Jaaskalainen produced an absolute clanger when he failed to deal with a Norwich City cross, subsequently conceding a penalty in a moment of absolute madness. Sam Allardyce described it as; “It was three mistakes in one. He loses the first one, tries to grab the second one, loses it again and then he got so desperate that he goes lunging in to try and get himself out of trouble and he ends up giving a penalty away.”

The Finnish shot-stopper made a similar blunder the following week against Chelsea, chopping down midfielder Oscar.

Jaaskalainen’s form has somewhat improved since, but the former Finland international’s topsey-turvey campaign is hauntingly reminiscent of his final year at Bolton Wanderers, when he was replaced by youngster Adam Bogdan.

In an eerie parallel, Jaaskelainen’s first team status has been stripped from him this term by 26 year-old Adrian.


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