West Ham United went down early against Liverpool on Sunday, and with the form they were in it seemed that it would be a long day for the Irons. But a Payet free kick and Antonio scoring with his feet for once showed the club 2-1 up at halftime. They were playing well, and things were starting to look up. Then West Ham did what West Ham does.
Darren Randolph has been very solid since he’s been starting for West Ham, but just like Adrian, he seems to just make simple errors that lead to goals. Against Spurs, he missed a cross that lead to an easy Harry Kane goal, and against Liverpool he couldn’t handle a cross in, which led to an easy goal for Origi and Liverpool had equalized. West Ham held on and managed a point which got them out for the relegation zone for now, but these goalkeeper errors have become a common theme for West Ham this season. With the transfer window opening soon, it may be time for the club to start thinking about buying a goalkeeper.
English born Joe Hart could be an option. The former Manchester City keeper did not fit in Pep Guardiola’s system, and was sent out on loan to Torino. There is word that West Ham is interested in the keeper, but with Claudio Bravo not exactly taking Manchester by storm, it may be possible that Joe Hart ends up going back to Manchester. Hart still does make mistakes here and there like Randolph and Adrian, but he does have very solid moments and could be considered an improvement. If the price is right it’s worth a shot.
Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland would be nice, but is definitely unlikely. He is coming off of ankle surgery, and actually just re-aggravated the injury, and Stoke are in a relegation battle just like West Ham are. He has a very bright future, but I doubt Stoke would send him to another club fighting at the bottom, if they sold him at all. You have to believe the Potters are begging him to come back so they can turn their season around. But hey, it’s nice to dream sometimes.
But if West Ham were to go after any goalkeeper, I would love for it to be Asmir Begovic. Begovic has shown at Chelsea that he would be a very good first team option for a mid-table club. He’s been very successful, and with him being 29 he is in the prime of his career, and he is spending it behind Thibaut Courtois. Begovic has earned a starting job somewhere in the Premier League, and I would love for it to be West Ham. The issue is Chelsea. Chelsea knows they can get a pretty penny for Begovic, and they may demand more money from West Ham because they are London rivals.
I would love to bring in Begovic to the club, but there are more important issues on the team than goalkeeper, so if they have to break the bank for Begovic, it would be better to walk away.