Could Lukasz Fabianski be the difference between finishing in the top four and not?
If he continues to play as he has in the last 3 games, then quite possibly. It’s not as big an ‘if’ as usual as Fabianski seems to have beefed up mentally. Seeing Andy Murray lifting a trophy reminded me of the part sports psychology can play into turning failure into success. I suspect Fabianski has had similar help. And why not, if it works?
This brings us to the dilemma about Fabianski’s future. He’s out of contract this summer, isn’t he? Would I give him a new contract?
Based on the last 3 games, no. But if he keeps clean sheets from now until the end of the season, I’d consider giving him a short contract. However, if he impresses from now until then there may no shortage of takers, which will put us in a poor negotiating position.
So Fabianski, like the rest of the team, may be playing for his future, but unlike the other current first-teamers, I feel it lies elsewhere. No matter how well he plays, I can’t see him staying with us unless we offer him a 3-year deal and given his past history, do we want to take a chance on that? Even a 2-year deal sounds too long, but he may well pay for his keep for that long if he manages to get us in the top 4.
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