Eyebrows were certainly raised amongst the Swansea City faithful when Garry Monk brought in goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from Arsenal last summer. But to say the 30-year-old has been a revelation at the Liberty Stadium in his maiden season with the Swans would be an understatement.
The Poland international, who arrived at the Liberty in May 2014 with somewhat of a clumsy reputation, has proved all his doubters wrong. A string of superb and consistent performances, none more so, than in the excellent display against his former club Arsenal in the 1-0 win at the Emirates recently, has seen the ‘keeper rightly voted Player’s Player of the Season – as well as Away Player of the Season and winning the Best Newcomer accolade.
No-one could really argue when any of those awards, and 12 Premier League clean sheets this season speaks for itself. Yes, like any goalkeeper, Fabiabski has had his shaky moments – but they have been very few and far between and ultimately he’s been another brilliant signing for the Swans this term.
The ex-Legia Warsaw ‘keeper wasn’t fancied much by Arsene Wenger during his time at the Emirates, despite playing a huge role in the Gunners’ FA Cup triumph last season. However, Monk saw something in the Polish star that Wenger didn’t, and securing his services has certainly paid off.
Midfield ace Ki Sung-Yueng won Supporter’s Player of the Season, but in truth, it could have been any of a number of superbly consistent Swans players this season.
Every successful football team, stems from having a world class goalkeeper. Swansea had a top ‘keeper in Michel Vorm, who is now at Tottenham Hotspur, but Fabianski has undeniably surpassed the Dutchman now. The credit once again must go to the management and recruitment staff for the signing of the Polish stopper – but Fabianski still had to come in and do the business, and he’s most definitely done even more than what was expected.