The Dutch keeper missed his first game of the season last weekend after picking up the knock in training, and Joel Robles kept a clean sheet in what was an impressive performance deputising for him in the 2-0 victory over the Hammers
The Spaniard took his opportunity to shine by pulling off a couple of important saves to keep Slaven Bilic's men at bay.
Manager Ronald Koeman has been clear that his compatriot is his first choice, however, and Stekelenburg is expected to return to the starting XI to face Chelsea.
Leighton Baines will not be in the side this weekend though; the fullback needs more time to fully recuperate from a troublesome hamstring strain and is being pencilled in to return against Swansea City after the upcoming international break.
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1 Posted 03/11/2016 at 14:48:39
2 Posted 03/11/2016 at 14:54:19
Robles did well when deputising and really that's all he can hope for this season. I suspect we'll have a new keeper in the Summer also and Stek moved to a supporting role.
Doesn't bode well for Robles.
3 Posted 03/11/2016 at 16:00:17
4 Posted 03/11/2016 at 17:02:45
Maybe he is not as tall as Stek, but Robles has improved a lot since pre-season in my view.
I vote for keeping him in, keep the winning side alive!
5 Posted 03/11/2016 at 17:25:47
6 Posted 03/11/2016 at 18:35:11
The interesting selection will be the midfield. With Gueye suspended and McCarthy not deemed fit enough, I expect to see Cleverley shoe-horned in somewhere. I would hope to see Lennon in the squad as his tenacity will be handy down at the Bridge.
Incidentally, we were robbed of an epic win there last season, so I hope the boys have a look at the video and realise that the game is not over until the 98th minute.
7 Posted 03/11/2016 at 18:36:52
He made immense saves against Man City that kept us in that match. No keeper is perfect, and we happen right now, to have two good keepers.
8 Posted 03/11/2016 at 18:49:32
9 Posted 03/11/2016 at 23:23:15
It would be great to keep the players on their toes, Robles & Funes Mori continue knowing they have to perform or else. That's the way it should be and obviously wasn't under the last two managers. Ideally we have 18 or so players worthy of starting and the ones on form do the honours.
10 Posted 03/11/2016 at 23:36:10
Robles should not though. He played well, granted, and saved everything you would expect him to... but, Stekelenburg is better and Koeman's No 1.
11 Posted 03/11/2016 at 23:39:49
12 Posted 04/11/2016 at 01:42:39
I think Oviedo benefited from having a young, quickish left-footer inside him v WHU versus the old lads.
Koeman doesn't seem to be one for surprises so I imagine Stekelenburg will be back since he's been the first choice thus far.
13 Posted 04/11/2016 at 02:05:49
Also Don @ 5, Southall and Mimms were two top keepers in my opinion. The worst two must have been Lawson and Davies
14 Posted 04/11/2016 at 02:48:46
15 Posted 04/11/2016 at 07:54:12
16 Posted 04/11/2016 at 10:14:17
17 Posted 04/11/2016 at 10:16:42
Wasn't Aussie Jason Kearton a long time before Southall?
It could be you are thinking of Bobby Mimms.
18 Posted 04/11/2016 at 10:47:22
He was basically a glorified training partner for Southall but was a likeable guy in a "just happy to be here" way. Our first Aussie too unless I've missed someone!
19 Posted 04/11/2016 at 15:13:21
20 Posted 04/11/2016 at 17:54:16
There was also the odd cameo, most were very odd, from the likes of Espen Baardsen (now a successful City trader) and Stefan Wessels (God knows).
Robles gets better and better every time I think back to some of these lads.
21 Posted 04/11/2016 at 18:10:36
Add in that warm-up incident and you begin to form a picture of a player who could have been exceptional if he weren't so accident-prone. Sad, because he was an immensely talented keeper.
22 Posted 05/11/2016 at 12:20:12
Kearton, I think, later returned to Oz and played for Brisbane.
A 15-year-old named Da Silva(?) spent a year at the Academy in Moyes's time before returning to Perth Glory and later joining Juventus while still a junior.
23 Posted 05/11/2016 at 13:41:20
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