An update has emerged on Robin Olsen, regarding West Ham’s interest in his services.
According to TuttoMercatoWeb journalist Gianluigi Longari, as transcribed by Transfer Tavern, West Ham have identified Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen as a potential signing following his strong performances at the European Championships for Sweden.
The report claims that Real Sociedad and Lille also hold a strong interest in landing the shot-stopper and that they will be competing with the Hammers to land his signature in the coming weeks of the transfer window.
West Ham must sanction a swoop for the experienced goalkeeper this summer to bolster their ranks between the sticks. Lukasz Fabianski, 36, and Darren Randolph, 34, are in the latter stages of their career and the time could be right to bring in a younger shot-stopper to potentially take over from Fabianski or provide tougher competition for his place in the side.
Whilst Olsen is not exactly a spring chicken at the age of 31, he does have five years on Fabianski – who has been West Ham’s number one in recent seasons – and that suggests that he could be the club’s first-choice for several seasons if he arrives this summer. This is why his age, especially in comparison to Fabianski and Randolph’s, should not be a major concern for the club.
His quality should also not be in doubt. The Sweden international enjoyed a terrific tournament at the European Championships, averaging a WhoScored rating of 6.80 and earning one Man of the Match award from four appearances for his country. After a stunning display against Spain earlier in the competition, his Swedish teammate Alexander Isak hailed the “incredible” giant and promised that he would give him a hug to say thanks for his superb performance.
“He was absolutely incredible.
“He was fantastic, he saved us. I am going to give him a big hug and say thank you.”
The £43k-per-week monster could be an excellent addition to West Ham’s squad. In seven Premier League appearances on loan at Everton last season, Olsen averaged a solid WhoScored rating of 6.70. Fabianski and Randolph, meanwhile, managed scores of 6.62 and 6.52 respectively.
Moyes needs Olsen at the London Stadium. He could be a brilliant signing to come in and compete with Fabianski and eventually be his long-term replacement, as he has shown he is capable of producing a higher standard of performances than the Poland international and Randolph.
Hopefully, West Ham will be able to get a deal over the line and fans can watch Olsen fill up the goal in the Premier League for the Hammers.