The summer window at West Ham could prove interesting as David Moyes raves about Alphonse Areola, though another goalkeeper is in the frame.
West Ham are in stellar form this season by most metrics. Indeed, the Hammers sit fifth in the Premier League, and have made it through to the knock-out rounds of the Europa League.
Moyes’ side also made it to the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup, before being dispatched by Tottenham.
The goalkeeper rotation is something that has benefitted West Ham this season. Paris Saint-Germain Loanee Areola and long-term first choice Lukasz Fabianski are both quality stoppers.
Areola has been utilised in cup competition, and has impressed greatly. The Frenchman has kept a clean sheet in more than half of his appearances.
As such, there has been speculation over the Hammers signing Areola permanently. Moyes’ high praise for the 28-year-old has added fuel to that fire.
“Lukasz [Fabianski] has been the number one, Alphonse has played really well for us in the main,” he said (via Football London).
“He’s got a great record, not conceded too many goals so we’re really pleased with Alphonse but Lukasz is still number one.”
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Indeed, Fabianski is nearly 37 years old. The Pole may not have much time left as West Ham’s No.1.
As such, Areola could make that position his own for years to come should he be signed permanently.
Moyes in toss-up between Areola and Johnstone
West Ham have also been keeping a keen eye on West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone. Moyes’ side are seen as the front-runners to sign him on a free transfer in the summer.
However, the potential snare of Areola could spurn those plans.
Having two quality goalkeepers battle out for the starting spot makes sense, especially in different periods of their careers.
However, adding a third into the mix would complicate things.
Furthermore, Johnstone has likely rejected West Brom contract offers to become a Premier League No.1. As such, he is unlikely to want to battle with two goalkeepers for a starting spot.