West Ham boss Pellegrini comments on new signing Lukasz Fabianski

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is excited about what new goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will be able to offer his side next season.

The Polish international Fabianski joined the Hammers this week from Swansea City who were relegated from the Premier League last season.

The East Londoners experienced trouble in the goalkeeping department last season and this cost them dearly.

Joe Hart arrived at the club last summer with big expectations.

However, the former England first-choice keeper failed to deliver and even ended up not being selected for the 23-man England World Cup squad, not even as third-choice even though he is the most experienced England keeper that is currently active.

Gareth Southgate instead opted to select Nick Pope of Burnley who had never represented the Three Lions when he was called up to the World Cup squad.

Hart eventually ended up losing the first-choice position at the Hammers to Adrian last season and has since returned to Manchester City.

The 33-year-old Fabianski will be expected to compete with Adrian for the first-choice goalkeeping position at the Hammers next season.

He will had quality and experience to the Hammers goalkeeping department.

Fabianski has over 11-years Premier League experience having joined Arsenal in 2007 from Legia Warsaw before going on to join Swansea in 2014, for whom he made 149 top-flight appearances.

Pellegrini said: “With Lukasz, we have secured a proven Premier League goalkeeper who has great experience at this level.

“We believe he has a number of good years ahead of him – hopefully his best – and there is no doubt that he will give us excellent competition for the number one spot.

“It is important, as a Premier League club, to have strong goalkeepers who can push each other and we have that dynamic with Lukasz and Adrian now.”

 

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