Leeds United could be set to face Lukasz Fabianski in the West Ham goal on Monday with the stopper set for a late fitness test after his training return.
The Polish stopper has been a consistent figure for the Irons since his move from Swansea City in 2018 but he has suffered from injuries over the past 18 months and missed their last outing against Manchester City.
There was some alarm that David Moyes would have to start David Martin, his third-choice goalkeeper, against Leeds on Monday due to fitness fears over Fabianski and his deputy Darren Randolph.
But Fabianski was pictured in first-team training on Friday and West Ham insider ExWHUemployee said there was a chance he could feature.
When asked on his Twitter profile if the 35-year-old would be fit to face the Whites he told his 90,000+ followers: “He has been in training since yesterday but will face a fitness test on Monday.”
He has been in training since yesterday but will face a fitness test on Monday https://t.co/es5jZzzdLE
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) March 6, 2021
Bamford on alert
Even if Fabianski comes through his fitness test Patrick Bamford and co will surely be smelling blood.
According to Wyscout Fabianski has prevented 0.68 goals in this season’s Premier League, ranking him just 14th in the division whereas Illan Meslier is sixth with 3.27.
It works out as Fabianski only preventing 0.03 goals per 90.
Furthermore his reflex accuracy is just 47.76%, the third-worst in the league.
This is not a new thing either as he showed his decrease in standards last season with -0.07 prevented goals per 90, putting him in the bottom five for this metric.
So while the East London side will be confident in their resolute defence that has conceded just 31 goals in the Premier League (sixth-best total) Fabianski is actually a weak link and has looked shaky when pressed into action.
If the Whites can supply star striker Bamford with the service don’t be surprised to see him slot past the Irons stopper with the unnerving accuracy we have become so accustomed to seeing.
With 46.5% of his shots on target (14th in Premier League) expect Bamford to test his abilities at will.
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