As another Premier League season comes to an end, along comes fans’ and pundits’ opinions on who have been their stand out performers from the campaign – and West Ham might not have been expecting too many candidates after a hit-and-miss campaign.
This is usually a period dominated by those in the top four clubs or those who have excelled much more than others in their given position.
The goalkeeping ranks have improved drastically in the past few seasons with the Brazilian pair of Ederson and Alisson dominating headlines as their two sides battle for the title.
One goalkeeper who has excelled this season is West Ham stopper Lukas Fabianski, who has been in inspired form since arriving from the relegated Swansea City.
Fabianski was recently voted the Hammer of the Year, with his own fans voting him as their standout player in a Premier League season where they eventually finished in the top half.
This is credit to Fabianski, who was chosen over the two table topping Brazilian’s in goal and it is fully deserved based on his performances for the club under Manuel Pellegrini. Having said that, Fabianski went unnoticed when it came to the pundits’ standout performers and he fully deserved more credit.
As detailed on the top flight’s official website the 34-year-old kept seven clean sheets in the league this season, and also made 148 saves, the highest amount in the Premier League. Add to the list a single penalty save and the Polish stopper has been immense for the Hammers this campaign.
As-well as those statistics, Fabianski also finished third for the most high balls claimed in the area, showing his dominance of his own box and his defence’s reliability on him to be counted on when defending.
Hammer of the year is all good and truly deserved but Fabianski deserved much more and shouldn’t have been overlooked on a bigger scale.