Exclusive: Paul Robinson tips £30K-a-week West Ham player to quit next month
Paul Robinson has tipped West Ham goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez to quit the club when the January window opens next month.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the ex-England and Tottenham goalkeeper believes the Spaniard, 33, is the most likely senior player to head out of London Stadium.
Jimenez has slipped to third in the Hammers keeper pecking order behind injured Lukasz Fabianski and David Martin following a wretched seven-match run in goal.
He has been demoted to the bench for the last four games and Fabianski is on the comeback trail ahead of the Boxing Day clash against Crystal Palace.
Asked by Football Insider which West Ham players could leave in the January window, Robinson said: “Players who aren’t playing, players who are out of the team will want to leave.
“Looking at it, Roberto could be the one, he could go. I think there’s certain players that just don’t fit a club and if you’ve had such a bad time at the club, you lose the trust of the fans, you lose the trust of a manager.
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“As a player, personally, would he want to go out and play again or is it just time for a change, just put that to bed (and say) I’ve got to move on now?
“He’s an older player, whether he will look for new challenge at his age but I think the manager has to strengthen in that area.
“David Martin coming in did really well but I think Roberto, it could be time to move on and start afresh if you like.”
Jimenez joined West Ham on a free transfer in the summer and signed a two-year contract that a club source has told Football Insider is worth £30,000-a-week.
In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that club chiefs have reached agreement on Pellegrini’s position after new manager talks.