By Kevin Phillips

11th Sep, 2021 | 12:11pm

Fabianski 'aggrieved' as West Ham gear up for 'major change' - Phillips

Lucasz Fabianski will feel aggrieved by David Moyes’ decision to remove him as the West Ham number one.

That’s according to Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest out of East London.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that David Moyes is planning to phase Areola into his starting XI.

The Poland international, 36, has started every league match when fit during his three-and-a-bit seasons at the London Stadium.

However, he has conceded five goals this season with four of them coming against poor Newcastle and Crystal Palace sides.

It is understood the plan was always for Areola to become the first choice after a wait of around five to 10 matches.

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He joined the club this summer on loan with an option to buy from French giants PSG.

Phillips insists Fabianski will be professional if he is relegated to second-choice at the club.

“He’s [Areola] going to be the number one eventually,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“That’s why he was brought in. He can learn from Fabianski. It won’t be ideal and I’m sure he will feel aggrieved.

“But he’s a pro and he will help Areola settle into the club. Fabianski has that experience so it does surprise me slightly.

“I’ll never go against David Moyes considering what he’s done but that’s a major change.

“If he does make Areola number one he will have a player behind him pushing and that’s always a good thing.”

West Ham were briefly top of the table after a strong start to the season.

This was, in part, due to the exceptional form of Premier League player of the month Michail Antonio.

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