West Ham set for goalkeeper number four, believes Mills

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 15th November 2019

Former England defender Danny Mills believes that West Ham will seek to sign a new goalkeeper in January.

Although it has been indicated that Manuel Pellegrini may have to make to make do with his current trio of available senior goalkeeper for the remainder of the campaign - one of whom, Lukasz Fabianski, remains injured - Mills believes that the introduction of a fourth could make all the difference given the recent indifferent form of current first choice Roberto.

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"Even if it's on a short-term basis until the end of the season you just need a bit of solidity and a bit of confidence in your goalkeeper, especially as a defender," the former Leeds defender told Football Insider.

"If not, that runs very, very quickly through the whole defence and causes you all sorts of problems.

"It doesn't help that West Ham are not winning games and they're not playing well. They're under pressure, the manager's under fire and you've got a number two goalkeeper who isn't really performing."

Roberto, a free transfer signing last summer was widely criticised for his performance at Turf Moor during last weekend's defeat to Burnley.

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The former Espanyol goalkeeper scored an own goal, punching a corner into his own net and also played a part in another Burnley foal which came from a quick throw to Fabian Balbuena.

Despite his poor form, it is believed that Pellegrini is likely to stick with Roberto when West Ham face Tottenham in their next Premier League outing a week or so from now.

33-year-old David Martin, who also joined the club on a free transfer during the summer is the only alternative currently available, given Fabianski's injury and with Nathan Trott out on loan for the season.

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