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Jaaskelainen may feel the axe

Jaaskelainen may feel the axe


by Hugh Southon

13th November 2013 2:56pm GMT


West Ham United's veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is finding his position under threat and could even be dropped for the team's next game - against Chelsea - after the international break.

The stopper was responsible for the equaling penalty against Norwich City which set the scene for a deeply disappointing defeat away on Saturday.

And despite a series of top performances this season, the keeper found the error discussed in some depth by manager Sam Allardyce following the game.

Jaaskelainen fumbled a routine catch and then brought down Canaries striker Gary Hooper who picked himself up to slam the spot kick past him.

As a result of what felt like a public post mortem, insiders at the club believe Spanish keeper Adrian - signed on a free in the summer from Real Betis - could be in line for a league debut in the next match against Chelsea.  

A club source explained exclusively to SportsDirect News there had been eyebrows raised at the depth the manager had gone into when discussing the error.

He said: "Some had believed Adrian would take over from Jussi this season but he's been in oustanding form. This was seen by most as a blip.

"It may be however, that Jussi could feel some of the Joe Hart treatment."

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