West Ham should make a move for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana to compete with Lukasz Fabianski and Adrian for the number one shirt, and to freshen up a position which has two ageing players at present.
Since signing from Swansea back in the summer, Fabianksi has been one of the standout stars in the Hammers’ current Premier League campaign, making a number of eye-catching saves including one penalty save in the 3-1 win over Cardiff.
Impressively, the Polish international has saved six penalties across the last three Premier League campaigns, and has most certainly saved his reputation after a difficult time at Arsenal.
Behind him in the pecking order is Adrian, who has lost his place in the starting XI to Fabianski and would look likely to leave to London Stadium, given the fact he wants to be the starting keeper in east London and isn’t happy with a back-up spot.
Additionally, whilst it is true that goalkeepers can play on much later than outfield players, Fabianski is 33 years of age, and his back-up in Adrian is 31 – the keeper position should be okay for now, but definitely needs upgrading soon.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side showed commendable ambition in the summer transfer window, spending almost £100m on the likes of Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop and the aforementioned Fabianski.
However, they cannot rest on their laurels and must target exciting, young players with a high ceiling for improvement in key positions, and there aren’t many like Ajax stopper Andre Onana around.
The Cameroonian international has told Goal in the past that he would like to leave the Dutch giants, but no move has materialised as of yet. Onana is one of the most highly-rated young stoppers around, and was previously on the books at Barcelona.
He played a starring role in the recent 3-3 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League, making two phenomenal fingertip saves to keep out Robert Lewandowski and ensure everyone sat up and took notice of him in doing so.
West Ham should steal a march before the rest of Europe start making their move.