When Lukasz Fabianski picked up an injury in West Ham’s draw with Bournemouth earlier in the season, nobody could have foreseen just how much of an issue his absence would prove to be.
The Hammers have not won a game without the 52 cap Polish international in the side, and are now on a run of seven Premier League games without a win.
Now, it may be unfair to to suggest that the entire reason for their recent slump has been inadequacy in the goalkeeping department, but certainly, the form of Fabianski’s deputy, Roberto, hasn’t helped matters in the slightest.
The Spaniard is averaging 4.7 saves per game, as per Whoscored, but at the present moment he’s also making just as many mistakes.
The odd fumble or spill here or there is par for the course for a goalkeeper, but the errors that Roberto is churning out are worsting his side goals and, ultimately, points.
Put simply, the sooner Fabianski is back, the better.
And so it will come as a real boost for many West Ham supporters to see the latest video of their number one in training.
Shared by teammate Albian Ajeti to his personal Instagram, as per Football.London, it shows the stopper catching balls and moving quite freely.
It’s no indication that he is on the cusp of a comeback, but it definitely shows that there is progress being made.
Given that Fabianski prevented 11.89 goals last season, as per Sky Sports, that can only be a good thing. That number was not only the highest in the division, but the next highest was 7.27.
West Ham need that kind of talent now more than ever.