West Ham decided to strengthen in the goalkeeper department this season.

Manuel Pellegrini wanted a new goalkeeper to compete with Adrian and he signed Lukasz Fabianski from Swansea City.

Fabianski replaced Joe Hart, who spent last season on loan from Manchester City.

Hart has since moved to Burnley and the two goalkeepers sit at the top of the Premier League charts for saves this season.

Here, we compare their stats and judge whether West Ham should have looked to sign Hart instead of Fabianski.

Saves

Hart is top of the charts in terms of saves made this season. The former England international has been kept busy at Burnley, making a total of 26 saves.

Fabianski is not far behind, though. The veteran stopper has made 24 saves and has been impressive between the sticks for West Ham.

High claims

 

SAINT-ETIENNE, FRANCE – JUNE 25: Lukasz Fabianski of Poland catches the ball in front of Haris Seferovic of Switzerland during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Switzerland and Poland at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on June 25, 2016 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

This is an important statistic for goalkeepers. Not only do you want good shot stoppers, but it is reassuring to have a goalkeeper who can relieve pressure by claiming high catches.

Fabianski has made four claims this season, while Hart, in comparison, has made just one claim all season.

Punches

Fabianski also leads Hart on punching the ball away from danger. The Poland international has made five punches, as opposed to Hart’s two.

Conceded

West Ham have conceded 11 goals this season, while Burnley have conceded 10, so there is not much in it at the moment.

The verdict

Hart has started the season brightly for Burnley but it was not working out for him at West Ham.

The 31-year-old made several high-profile errors that could have cost West Ham relegation and it was no surprise to see that the Hammers were not interested in re-signing him.

Fabianski has started the season well, despite conceding 11 goals in five matches. He has made lots of saves and reassures the defence with his command of the box.

As things stand, it looks like West Ham have upgraded between the posts.