'New' keeper seems hardly worth having
By Steve Turner
Thursday 31 Jul 2008 13:52:00
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West Ham's newest 'signing' Jan Lastuvka (we're loathe to say he's actually joined, as apparently he's now having a medical and if they find something, like an alien living in his stomach, he won't be coming) will be a total understudy to Robert Green.

Now, this isn't a bashing of the player: in fact, I've only ever seen him play briefly for Fulham (and that didn't really inspire any great confidence in me then, and I didn't care what happened), but he seems to be a bit of an 'unwanted child'.

This is a player who went to Fulham, the perennial under- or over-achievers (depending on who you believe or speak to) and couldn't get in the team.

In fact, he got sent home from the loan, back to parent club Shaktar Donetsk, who signed him back in 2004.

But apparently they just didn't want him, perhaps looking on him like an unimportant step-child, and loaned him out once more to Bundesliga outfit VfL Bochum.


Guess what: they didn't want him either, and said a big 'Nein!' to the £2 million asking price. (They probably also threw sausages or some other stereotype at Donetsk as well).

So now he look all set to join the Hammers on loan. Whoop-eee.

If a player gets loaned out three seasons in a row...something isn't quite right.

"I hope everything will be fine," added Lastuvka. "I am eager for the experience to train under [goalkeeping coach] Ludek Miklosko. The Premier League is the best league in the world, so I would like to fight for a chance."

Well...everyone deserves a chance. But forgive me for not breaking out the champagne and caviar and ordering a couple of masseuses over this one.


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