This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
West Ham United are looking to sign a goalkeeper with Premier League experience during the January transfer window, as reported by Football Insider.
The Hammers’ struggles in goal during Lukasz Fabianski’s absence through a hip injury have been well documented.
High profile mistakes from Roberto, such as his failed punch against Burnley and shocking positioning against Newcastle United, mean that the Spaniard has come under question.
The indication now seems to be that Manuel Pellegrini will be putting his trust in David Martin moving forward, despite the former Millwall man originally being brought in as the club’s third-choice goalkeeper.
With the situation having moved deep into the realm of calamity, West Ham are now said to be in search of a Premier League proven goalkeeper during the January transfer window, though no specific stopper has been named.
The mistakes that have been made on the pitch are a direct consequence of those made behind the scenes, with a lack of care and organisation being shown in goalkeeper recruitment.
It has even been revealed by FFC that the Hammers may not have even watched Roberto before going on to sign him as their back-up goalkeeper – something that is absolutely ludicrous.
This latest development feels like a desperate move to improve the situation, but in reality, the damage has already been done due to past negligence.
Fabianski is set to return to full fitness at the beginning of January, so any signing would merely be sitting on the bench, while there are still 7 games to be played between now and the New Year, on top of the 6 league matches Roberto has already played.
A further point is that if the back-up is signed for a period that extends beyond the end of this season, it would put doubt on Nathan Trott being able to come back next season and fulfil the second-choice goalkeeper role.
The whole scenario is shambolic and could have been easily avoided for West Ham if they had shown the required organisation and care in the first place.