Is this the end for Roberto?

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 28th November 2019

Calamity 'keeper Roberto could be spared even more humiliation by being dropped from the squad that travels to Chelsea this weekend.

The Spanish stopper has been widely ridiculed in recent weeks following several high profile mistakes but until now, has retained his place as deputy for the injured Lukasz Fabianski.


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However that could finally be set to change at Stamford Bridge this weekend after Under 23 goalkeeper Joseph Anang was removed from the squad that won 3-1 at Brighton & hove Albion last night.

The Ghanaian-born 19-year-old is very highly rated at Chadwell Heath and has become a regular at Under 23 level whilst representing England's Under 20s.

However if promoted to the first team squad he would be in competition with the club's current third-choice goalkeeper, David Martin, for a place in the starting XI against Chelsea.

Until now manager Manuel Pellegrini has kept faith with Roberto, who has retained his place in goal since Fabianski was injured at Bournemouth some seven matches ago.


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But the former Espanyol stopper has few supporters left either inside the club or amongst the fan base following several embarrassing errors, which have contributed to the Hammers having conceded 16 goals since his introduction.

And consequently Pellegrini - who refused to take questions on the goalkeeper's recent performances during his post-match press conference last weekend - has been left with little choice but to seriously consider making the change.

* Anang's place in Dmitri Halajko's squad at Brighton last night was taken by Kristzian Hegyi, making his second start for the Under 23s.

Goals from Nathan Holland, Alfie Lewis and Anthony Scully ensured the Hammers secured a second Premier League International Cup win - although they will have to wait until other fixtures are complete before learning whether or not they have done enough to progress into the competition's next phase.

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