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Re: ✍ Alphonse Areola

Post by hammer1975 » Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:08 am

I posted this in the match thread last night:

So, Areola.....

At first watch I felt he should have done better with the first. On re-watch - he was an inch or two away from it being a fantastic save. I think he was showing Paintsil the near post so had his weight on the wrong foot.
He then made two good saves from headers, and shut down the angle and stood up well when Paintsil had the counter which he squared to Ito (which may have been a factor in the Ito miss)
Not much chance with the Soucek own goal

Still not sure on him tbh, still not first choice to me, but also not one of the worst performers tonight.


Think he was probably two inches (or width of a post) away from everyone saying he had a really good game.

Fine margins and all that. Fwiw - I’m not so sure Fab would have saved either of the goals last night either.

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Re: ✍ Alphonse Areola

Post by psychoscoredthelot » Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:15 am

think he was unlucky with the 1st goal as Hammer1975 said - an inch away from being a great save

Dont think hes ready to take over from Fab just yet though as Fab has definitely improved - but reckon he will be next year

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Post by funky chicken » Fri Nov 05, 2021 1:43 pm

Yes, whether he should’ve done better with the 1st goal or not he has certainly looked more convincing since the Man City game. After Benrahma I would’ve gone as far to say he was my MOTM last night.

It must be tough for a goalkeeper to play 1 week and not play again until the next cup game. I do wonder sometimes if he was given the chance to play consecutive League games whether he would settle in a lot easier. I remember when Adrian joined us in his first few games he was given a chance he also let some debatably soft goals in. But once he permanently came in for Jaaskelainen he was fine. But the problem is that’s not going to happen anytime soon. As Fabianski, for now, doesn’t deserve to be dropped.

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Post by Vic_Watson » Fri Nov 05, 2021 1:45 pm

hammer1975 wrote:
Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:08 am
Fwiw - I’m not so sure Fab would have saved either of the goals last night either.
No. But I think he would have saved both of ours! Their goalie was lousy in both matches.

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Post by YorksHammer » Fri Nov 05, 2021 2:04 pm

funky chicken wrote:
Fri Nov 05, 2021 9:53 am
So, what was everyone’s thoughts on Genk’s opening goal last night? Should Alphonse have saved it? Or was he a little bit unlucky with his positioning?

I personally thought he should’ve saved it. And it was a shame. As other than that I thought for the 2nd game running he had a very good game. He pulled off some great saves in the 1st half and I thought he even handled the crosses a little bit better. He stayed on his line for any he believed he wouldn’t get to and managed to punch out the crosses he could reach.
We'd have been three or four down at half time if he hadn't been at his best. An excellent performance.

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Re: ✍ Alphonse Areola

Post by Joyeux Marteau » Fri Nov 05, 2021 7:18 pm

I think a lot has been said about Zouma and Diop being the next big French defence.

I think we all need to add Alphonse in there as well.

Great promise, unlucky with both last night I felt. He’s a great keeper in the making and I think we’re lucky with both him and Fabianski!

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Re: ✍ Alphonse Areola

Post by Shabu » Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:23 pm

What's his overall record now in regards to games played, clean sheets & goals let in etc.

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Post by Bubbles Fortuna » Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:32 pm

Shabu wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:23 pm
What's his overall record now in regards to games played, clean sheets & goals let in etc.

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2 goals conceded, clean sheets against Genk, Vienna, Man City, Man Utd and Vienna again.

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Re: ✍ Alphonse Areola

Post by -DL- » Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:17 pm

Bubbles Fortuna wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:32 pm
2 goals conceded, clean sheets against Genk, Vienna, Man City, Man Utd and Vienna again.
'Kin 'ell. That's a pretty good CV thus far, innit?

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Post by Bubbles Fortuna » Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:44 pm

-DL- wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:17 pm
'Kin 'ell. That's a pretty good CV thus far, innit?
Not bad at all! Hoping he continues it in the League Cup next round.

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Re: ✍ Alphonse Areola

Post by hammer1975 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:58 pm

Didn’t have much to do tonight but his distribution was pretty decent - noticed him helping to get a few attacks going with smart balls out a few times.

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Post by funky chicken » Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:12 pm

It certainly feels weird having a goalkeeper that can pick out his own player from a goal kick! I’ll have to get use to that! :D

Yes, it wasn’t his most difficult evening. Especially as he had no crosses to deal with really. But he certainly didn’t put a foot wrong. Since the Man City game he has looked a lot more relaxed.

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Post by Chadwell Chief » Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:15 pm

I’ll be gutted if AA isn’t our long-term #1 tbh. Even before he came to West Ham I liked him, even when he was a bit dodgy at PSG you could see the potential.

I just hope he stays, getting a straight up inferior goalkeeper like Johnstone would wind me up.

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Re: ✍ Alphonse Areola

Post by MB » Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:27 pm

Bubbles Fortuna wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:32 pm
2 goals conceded, clean sheets against Genk, Vienna, Man City, Man Utd and Vienna again.
With (generally) the 3rd and 4th choice Centre halves in front of him as well!

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Re: ✍ Alphonse Areola

Post by funky chicken » Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:38 pm

I’ll be interesting to see whether Moyes keeps Areola in goal for the knockout matches, or whether he’ll go with Fabianski. Moyes doesn’t judge me as a manager that believes in goalkeepers for Cups and goalkeepers for League games. He’s proven that already this season with Fabianski playing against Zagreb. But we paid a big loan fee and Areola is on high wages. So we equally need to justify having him here.

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Post by Bubbles Fortuna » Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:12 pm

funky chicken wrote:
Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:38 pm
I’ll be interesting to see whether Moyes keeps Areola in goal for the knockout matches, or whether he’ll go with Fabianski. Moyes doesn’t judge me as a manager that believes in goalkeepers for Cups and goalkeepers for League games. He’s proven that already this season with Fabianski playing against Zagreb. But we paid a big loan fee and Areola is on high wages. So we equally need to justify having him here.
I'd assume he'll stick with Areola.

There isn't much, if any, of a drop off between the two. It's not like the gap between Randolph and Fabianski where I'd want Fab in as soon as possible, Areola has already kept clean sheets against both Manchester Clubs.

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Post by Ironing Board » Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:40 pm

Bubbles Fortuna wrote:
Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:12 pm
I'd assume he'll stick with Areola.

There isn't much, if any, of a drop off between the two. It's not like the gap between Randolph and Fabianski where I'd want Fab in as soon as possible, Areola has already kept clean sheets against both Manchester Clubs.
Yeah, Areola is actually better for me. An agreement is clearly in place between the pair.

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