David Sullivan must sanction a new contract for Lukasz Fabianski after the West Ham United goalkeeper revealed that talks are ongoing.
Fabianski has entered into the final six months of his current deal at the London Stadium, where Irons chiefs are facing decisions over the futures of several senior players whose contracts are due to expire at the end of the season.
David Martin, Robert Snodgrass and even Mr West Ham Mark Noble could find it hard to argue their case over new terms, having struggled to feature under David Moyes thus far this term, but Fabianski’s situation is one the Hammers simply must attend to.
Fabianski recently revealed to Polish outlet WeszloFM that he is in discussions over new terms, noting: “Talks are underway. I’d like to stay at West Ham. Extend the contract, because I feel good here.”
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Michael Brown believes it is a “no brainer” that West Ham offer Fabianski a new deal, as the 55-cap Poland international brings a safe pair of hands to the goal line in east London.
Fabianski has kept four clean sheets in 12 Premier League fixtures this season and initially atoned for his error by saving Mateusz Klich’s penalty, which he gave away, before VAR intervention allowed Leeds United the chance to score on the second attempt.
Sullivan would be naïve not to retain Fabianski beyond the £2.25million-rated shot-stopper’s current deal, as the £65,000-per-week ‘keeper has shown himself to be among the best goalkeepers in the Premier League since joining West Ham in 2018.
Irons co-owner Sullivan even admits he “bullied” Manuel Pellegrini to welcome Fabianski to the London Stadium during the Chilean’s first window in charge, as the ex-Arsenal goalie and defender Issa Diop were the only players he chose to sign.
Time and time again Fabianski is able to pull out a high-level stop to save West Ham’s blushes, and his importance to the line-up is only highlighted further whenever the 35-year-old is on the sidelines.
Roberto lasted just a season at the London Stadium having flopped massively upon his arrival from Espanyol in 2019, with the Spaniard conceding 21 goals in 10 appearances across all competitions before leaving on an initial loan in January.
He eventually left in the summer to join Real Valladolid and put a disappointing stint behind him, with Roberto showing himself as being as far from Premier League standard as possible with a string of blunders that saw the Irons fall into a relegation fight.
Thankfully for Moyes, Fabianski is yet to miss a minute of Premier League action this term and as a result, sits sixth in the division for total saves (39), eighth for high claims (6) and 13th for goals conceded inside the penalty area (12), per SofaScore.
Only Liverpool duo Adrian (7) and Allison (9), plus Manchester City’s Ederson (9), Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris (9), Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez (9), Everton’s Jordan Pickford (11) and Burnley’s Nick Pope (11) have allowed fewer goals from shots taken inside the box.