‘He has played really well and we will be keeping him next year’: West Ham boss David Moyes reveals he will reward goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski with a new contract to extend his stay at the club by a further season
- Lukasz Fabianski has seen off the challenge of PSG loan star Alphonse Areola
- The Pole was once criticised for being error-prone but has changed that
- David Moyes has revealed Fabianski can look forward to a fifth year at the club
West Ham manager David Moyes has revealed he will reward goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski with a new contract to keep him at the club for another year.
The Polish keeper, who turns 37 on Easter Monday, retired from international duty last summer on 57 caps, and has seen off the challenge of PSG loan star Alphonse Areola to remain Moyes’ No1.
Fabianski, who was previously at Arsenal and Swansea, can now look forward to at least a fifth year with the Hammers as Moyes confirmed: ‘Lukasz has played really well this year and we will be keeping him next year – of course we will. I think maybe the age Lukasz is at, we have tried to spare him.’
David Moyes has revealed that Lukasz Fabianski will be rewarded with a new contract
The Pole was once criticised for being error-prone but has rid himself of that label under Moyes.
‘I have to say I think Lukasz, touch wood, has been very good in the league and performed consistently well,’ added the Scottish manager. ‘He might have more competition and he might be a year older, but at the moment he is doing really well.’
French star Areola is likely to return for Thursday night’s Europa League quarter-final first leg against Lyon in a show of strength by the London side.
‘I actually think Lukasz has been pushed by Alphonse, who has done really well for us in European and cup games as well.’
A win on Sunday will enhance West Ham’s hopes of another go at European football next season while visitors Everton are perilously close to the relegation zone.
The Polish keeper had been criticised for being error-prone but has changed that under Moyes
And Moyes believes his former club and England’s World Cup hopes are in safe hands with the much-maligned Jordan Pickford.
The 28-year-old England No1 has recorded only four clean sheets this season, but Moyes insists fans should not be blinded by statistics.
Pickford became familiar to Moyes when he was in charge of him at Sunderland.
West Ham are having a good season and are pushing for the European qualification spots
The West Ham manager added: ‘He is a really difficult keeper to beat. He is a really good shot stopper and saver. I remember at Sunderland I thought to myself ‘my goodness’, he was so good in training at times and he was only a young boy.
‘What happens is we are waiting on Jordan making a mistake, but the truth is that I don’t think he has let England down in games that mattered.
‘He is a really good distributer of the ball, he is good for modern football, he can kick it a mile and he can pass it. I actually think England are really lucky.’