'I can breathe again': Some West Ham fans buzzing after update on £7m player

Nathaniel Kay March 10, 2021
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West Ham United supporters are chuffed to bits after finding out goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has signed a one-year contract extension.

Fabianski has been with the Hammers since 2018 after signing from Swansea City for a ‘modest’ £7 million fee (BBC Sport).

The Poland international is rapidly approaching 100 appearances for West Ham.

News of Fabianski’s deal follows the club’s announcement earlier this week that captain Mark Noble had also signed a one-year extension for what will be his final season as a player.

Here’s how some West Ham fans reacted to the news their Polish stopper has signed until 2022:  

https://twitter.com/MarceIUTD/status/1369636821341249537?s=20

Fabulous Fabianski

Since swapping Swansea for east London, Fabianski’s consistency has stood out for West Ham.

Amid the myriad changes of back-room staff and players, the 35-year-old’s standing as first-choice keeper has rarely wavered.

His importance was highlighted last season when he missed two months because of a hip injury. In that period, West Ham only won two games.

Irreplaceable

Goalkeeper is one of the few positions the Hammers’ heirarchy hasn’t tinkered with in the transfer market.

 

A conveyor belt of forwards, midfielders and defenders has trundled through the London Stadium dressing room – but Fabianski looks safe as West Ham’s number one. At least for another year.

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Roberto was added to the roster on a free transfer from Espanyol two years ago but was released after just ten games following a dismal spell in place of the injured Fabianski.

Darren Randolph rejoined the Irons from Middlesbrough for £4m (BBC Sport) after leaving the club in 2015.

However, as long as Fabianski remains fit, Randolph will be merely a back-up in David Moyes’ squad.

Thinking for the future

For all his good service, however, the contract extension for Fabianski is no long-term solution for the club.

Fabianski turns 36 in April, while Randolph will be 34 in May.

Even with goalkeepers’ extended shelf life, the pair will probably only be at their peak for another campaign or two.

West Ham will have to start looking for the next Fabianski. And whoever they choose will have a lot to live up to.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.