Fab three for Poland’s Fabiański
International goal keeper Łukasz Fabiański won big at the end of season awards for English Premier League side West Ham.
Not only did the shot-stopper win ‘Hammer of the Year’, the award for the best player in the squad but he also won ‘Best Save’ and ‘Signing of the Season’.
The 34 year old ‘Happy Hammer’, who was born in Kostrzyn nad Odrą near the German border, said of his success:
“I’m very happy obviously, and very grateful for all the fans who voted for me. It’s something special, especially in my first season here, so I really appreciate all the support. I’m just happy that I’ve been able to perform in the way that they can see me as a good goalkeeper.”
This is the second year in a row that Fabiański has won player of the season, having picked up the award for Swansea in the 2017-2018 season. After Swansea were relegated from the Premier League, despite an outstanding season from the Pole, Fabiański moved back to London with West Ham.
The keeper first moved to England in 2007 to play for Arsenal, after two strong season’s for Legia Warszawa in the Ekstraklasa, Poland’s first division, winning the league once and been voted the best goalkeeper in the league in both seasons.
At Arsenal he struggled to break into the first team, often appearing in the cup but not the Premier League. He did win the FA Cup in 2014 but after only 32 league games in seven seasons he moved on to Swansea in search of first team action.
While at the Welsh club he became more prominent in the Polish national team, playing ten times in 2016. Following an injury to first choice keeper Wojciech Szczęsny in Euro 2016, Fabiański played every game of the tournament for Poland. He enjoyed his four seasons at Swansea playing in all but three Premier League games during his time with the Swans, a remarkable 149 appearances in four seasons.
In his first season at West Ham he played in 37 out of 38 games and proved to be an incredibly astute signing. Despite his great form that led to him winning three awards his manager Manuel Pellegrini said he hoped that he wouldn’t have the opportunity to be so useful next season.
“Łukasz deserves every award that he can receive,” said the manager. “Would I prefer him not to be so busy next season? I certainly hope we are able to concede less goals. Łukasz has had not only a good season playing good games but he has also had a ‘regular’ season, the same performance in every game. Every player can make a mistake but he hasn’t made too many.”
Fabiański joins an illustrious list of previous winners of ‘Hammer of the year’ such as World Cup winners Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst, club legend Trevor Brooking, who played for West Ham more than 600 times, Paolo Di Canio and Champions League winners Rio Ferdinand, Carlos Tevez and Teddy Sheringham.