Paul Robinson has blasted the “all-round play” of West Ham goalkeeper Roberto after the Hammers’ 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United last weekend.
The former Leeds and England shot-stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Spanish keeper was not only at fault for some of the goals conceded to the Magpies but that his performance in possession left a lot to be desired.
The Irons saw Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandez and Jonjo Shelvey find the back of the net, with the midfielder’s long-range free-kick sneaking inside the post despite a hand from the goalkeeper.
Robinson says that the 33-year-old’s performance did not fill him with confidence and says his disappointing displays go to show how much regular shot-stopper Lukasz Fabianski has been missed in east London.
Robinson told Football Insider: “I thought he was very poor against Newcastle. Not just in the goals but his all-round play – his distribution, his decision making.
“He’s come in to take Fabianski’s place and it shows where Fabianski’s come from because he’s a goalkeeper I didn’t rate while at Arsenal.
“He’s been important for West Ham this year and you can see what a miss he is. It’s difficult as a number two because you don’t get game time. Managers tend not to change goalkeepers unless they’re on a really bad spell. ”
Fabianski, who has been Manuel Pellegrini’s first-choice between the sticks since their arrival back in 2018, was forced to undergo surgery on a torn hip muscle earlier this season and is set to return to training in 2020.
It means Roberto now has seven appearances under his belt since joining on a free transfer after leaving Espanyol this summer, four of which have come among the starting XI in the Premier League.
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