Paul Robinson claims that West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will feel “very unsettled” after Darren Randolph’s arrival but that it is a necessary signing for the club.
The former Tottenham and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Hammers needed to bring in a proven and experienced player after the Polish star’s injury woes.
The club confirmed that Randolph would be in contention to play against Everton, his goalkeeping counterpart set for a couple more weeks on the sidelines.
Randolph: "Trained today and has been training for a while now. He's in my thinking for Saturday"
Fabianski (Hip): "Really good news he's only out for a few weeks"
Masuaku (Knee): "Had fluid on his knee drained. We're seeing how it is"
Felipe Anderson (Ribs): "A doubt"
— West Ham United (@WestHam) January 16, 2020
Fabianski was ruled out of action between September and December with a hip problem, Roberto and David Martin filling in during his absence from the side.
With the Irons moving to sign Randolph from Middlesbrough, Robinson says Fabianski will be feeling the pressure of losing his first-team place but says the club have done what they need to.
Robinson told Football Insider: “I felt for him at Sheffield United when he went off with his injury. You could see that it’s something that he’s had for a long time and he was pleased to get back and get back playing.
“For it to reoccur, it’s always a hard one to take. Hip injury as well, it’s not an easy one, they take a lot longer than normal muscle strains or a run-of-the-mill injury, especially for a goalkeeper – you’re kicking, you’re landing on it.
“For him, he’ll feel very unsettled now that a number one has come in but from the West Ham point of view you can’t afford to have a number one goalkeeper missing for three or four weeks because that’s nine, 12 points.”
Fabianski has been a mainstay for West Ham since signing in east London back in 2018, playing 48 times.
Roberto came under heavy fire for his high-profile mistakes upon replacing him in the starting XI, Martin then taking over before suffering a minor setback of his own.