David Martin – Fantasy Football Potential

David Martin is an 33 year old English goalkeeper and has signed a permanent deal for West Ham United from Millwall on July 1st as a free transfer with his contract expiring. This is David’s 11th senior club having moved to AFC Wimbledon from Tottenham U18 in 2003.

David has spent some time with West Ham being part of their Youth System before moving to Tottenham U18s. The shot stopper has made 18 international appearances for England but has made none for the senior squad but did compete in the U19 Euros where England lost 3-1 in the final, that said David did not keep a clean sheet during this tournament.

Player History

In his most recent season at Millwall he made 15 appearances as he was their second choice keeper. In the 10 matches in the Championship he conceded 9 goals and kept 4 clean sheets as well during this time. He played one match against Brighton in the FA Cup, this match ended 2-2 and Millwall lost 6-7 on penalties and David did not save any of the opposition penalties.

He made 25 appearances for Leicester in League 1 where he conceded 20 goals and kept 10 clean sheets as well as Leicester won the league and secured promotion on their way to the premiership a few years later.

David spent most of his career at MK Dons where he made 334 appearances across both the League 1 and Championship. Throughout this time he conceded 405 goals but kept 111 clean sheets throughout this time which is one every 3 matches. His best season came in his League 1 season of 2014/15 where he made 39 appearances where he conceded 34 goals and keeping 19 clean sheets which is just under once every two games.

Fantasy Football Potential

David has proved himself throughout his long career, that he is a talented keeper and if he is called upon by West Ham he has some ability to perform at the level required. However, as many FPL managers witnessed West Ham’s main goalkeeper (Fabianski) being in great form as well as being a fan favourite. As well as this West Ham have also signed Spanish Goalkeeper Roberto to replace Adrian who has left the club. This means that David is likely to be third choice for West Ham and so priced at 4.0 in the game.

If an injury is sustained to one of the other two keepers he will see himself promoted to the bench and may then receive game time in the FA and League Cups as West Ham are known for paying little attention to these tournaments as they were knocked out by AFC Wimbledon in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 4-2 loss. This being said, he is highly unlikely to receive any minutes in the Premier League this season and so FPL managers should only look to him if there is an injury or if they are trying to save their budget for more expensive players elsewhere in their team and do not plan on rotating their keepers.

Written by FPL Tipz (@FPLTIPZ)

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