By George Overhill

21st Sep, 2023 | 1:40pm

Lukasz Fabianski set for West Ham United transfer exit amid reaction to David Moyes decision on Alphonse Areola

Lukasz Fabianski is in line to leave West Ham in the “next couple of windows” because he’s “not happy” to no longer be the starter, according to Paul Brown.

The former Daily Star journalist told GIVEMESPORT (20 September) that the Polish keeper’s recent comments to Canal+ (14 August) on losing the number one spot to Alphonse Areola won’t “have gone down too well” at the club and a move is on the cards sooner or later.

Fabianski, 38, had called the decision to demote him to back up “a massive shock” and “weird”, while claiming he should have been treated better, and in response David Moyes said he had made the decision and handled it the best he could [Evening Standard, 18 August].

Brown said: “The way Fabianski has been speaking recently, he clearly has shown a lot of frustration. I’m not sure that will have gone down too well at West Ham.

“It’s something the manager was asked about and addressed quite recently. From Fabianski’s point of view, he’s not happy that he’s no longer number one. I think he wants to be at a club where he is number one. That is a situation that’s going to have to resolve itself somehow throughout the season.

“Moyes has been clear that he wants Areola to be the long-term future, and he’s made that decision. So, it will be difficult for Fabianski to get back in.

“That all points towards a possible move for Fabianski in the next couple of windows because I don’t think he will be content just to sit on the bench all season.”


Clearly no player is going to be jumping for joy if they lose their place but Fabianski must have seen this coming when West Ham decided to sign Areola permanently a year ago.

The former PSG and Real Madrid man might himself have been disappointed to have not got the starting job straight away, and surely would have been looking to move on as well if he had remained number two this season.

Fabianski has been a fantastic part of West Ham’s recent history but at his age the time where he was no longer a regular starter was going to come before long either way.

If Moyes is going to choose one to stick with and see the other leave then it makes sense that Areola, 30, would be the one to go with since he should have years longer as the Irons number one ahead of him.

The Frenchman has done nothing so far this season to suggest he will lose the job, and since the manager has rotated keepers between league and cup competitions in recent years there is clearly an argument for Fabianski to stay and simply switch roles.

But he obviously hasn’t reacted well to the change, and there may have been a communication breakdown behind the scenes, so if he believes he can still start somewhere it likely will have to be elsewhere.

In other West Ham news, a big-money regular starter could also be facing the axe from Moyes if he keeps making mistakes.