He’s also stressed the importance of staying mentally strong, hinting that he is the individual blamed for the majority of poor defensive displays produced by the Hammers in big games.
The Hammers number one has been one of the side’s consistent players this season, but he doesn’t appear content to rest on his laurels, challenging himself to improve on a constant basis.
“You need to have a very strong mentality because the defenders, midfielders, strikers will always say ‘you could have saved that’ – I am not the perfect goalkeeper, I have to improve many things – You need to work, work, work,” he said.
He’s responded well to setbacks throughout the season and will be a vital component in the backline of the side under Sam Allardyce next year or under a new manager if the current boss isn’t kept on.
He joined the Hammers in 2013 and seems to have settled in effectively, dealing effectively with various things related to the Premier League such as physical aggression and the greater pace of play.
Weaker players would have folded when challenged by teammates, whether a mistake or a goal conceded was their fault or not.
He’s a modest player and that will make him popular in the current squad. Hopefully he can produce even better form than he’s shown this season.