Loaned West Ham goalkeeper’s horror season continues as he was hit for six


West Ham goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez had an absolute nightmare for loaner Alaves on Sunday night when his side were defeated 6-0 in La Liga by Celta Vigo.

The goalkeeper moved to the Spanish side’s transfer window in January after spending a terrible time between the sticks in east London as Lukasz Fabianski’s substitute in the summer.

Fabianski sustained a hip injury in a draw at Bournemouth in September and the Spaniard represented him for eight games. He conceded 17 goals, including three in three straight games in December, and led some to dub him the worst goalkeeper the Premier League had ever seen after making some high profile mistakes.

He hit the ball into his own net during the Burnley loss, was hit badly at the near post against Everton, hit after a shot by Son Heung-Min that allowed the Spurs striker to score at the London Stadium and it are many more than good.

Former coach Manuel Pellegrini stayed with Roberto for far too long before replacing him with David Martin, who then went clean on his debut in a win against Chelsea. David Moyes replaced Pellegrini in December, signed Darren Randolph and sent Roberto from the club to Alaves within three weeks.

Roberto hits the ball against Burnley into his own net

The goalkeeper hadn’t seen much playing time before the La Liga coronavirus break, but since his return he has been replacing regular Alaves stopper Fernando Pacheco, who was sent off against Espanyol, Roberto’s former club.

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Roberto conceded two goals that day when he entered the fight, it would have been three after missing a clear shot, but the goal was excluded in the build-up due to offside.

That was followed, however, by his first goal in almost a year when Alaves beat Real Sociedad 2-0. But the good times shouldn’t last.

Celta Vigo shot past the Hammers goalkeeper six times over the weekend despite Roberto’s side reduced to ten in the 17th minute after being sent off by right-back Martín Aguirregabiria, their third red card in three games since the resumption the league.

34-year-old Roberto has a year left to fulfill his contract in east London but he has no future in east London and if the club finds a buyer this summer he will be sold and exempt from pay bills.


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