Roberto Jimenez is set to keep his place in the West Ham team for their Premier League showdown against Tottenham today, Football Insider understands.
The Spanish goalkeeper has come in for a torrent of criticism since taking over in goal at the end of September from the injured Lukasz Fabianski.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Manuel Pellegrini has decided to keep faith with Roberto since a series of high-profile errors in recent matches.
The Chilean manager has been convinced by the 33-year-old’s efforts in training and will give him the nod to start in the London derby in today’s 12.30pm kick-off.
However, Pellegrini has elected to make two changes to the starting XI.
It would be a seventh consecutive league start for Roberto since Fabianski broke down with a hip injury in the 2-2 draw against September.
The number one subsequently underwent hip surgery and is set to be sidelined for the rest of the calendar year.
West Ham are on a wretched run of four defeats from five league matches that has heaped immense pressure on Pellegrini.
He has another senior option in goal, with David Martin joining the club in the summer at the same time as Roberto.
But the 33-year-old Englishman was immediately installed as third choice and has not had a minute of first-team action.
Martin, the son of Hammers legend Alvin, has spent virtually his entire career in the English Football League, mostly at MK Dons, and has never played a Premier League game.