ROEDER: I'LL BE LUCKY TO KEEP SHAKA
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
James's arrival from Villa had immediately put injury-hit Hislop's future in doubt, and Roeder professed that he would be a lucky man if he keeps the Trinidad born custodian in a reserve capacity.
"I spoke to Shaka at lunchtime - I felt it was only right to do that," Roeder told the West Ham official site. "His reaction was very much how I thought it would be.
"He's a very decent human being but he was still disappointed, although he understands and accepts my decision to sign David.
"Shaka will think about things over the next few weeks. He says he doesn't want to rock the boat and I don't think he will.
"'I'm hopeful - and this is selfish of me - that Shaka will stay. He has got one year left on his contract and if he stays, with David as No.1 and Shaka as No.2, I'll be an extremely lucky person.
"'If Shaka wants to leave, then we'll cross that bridge when, and if, we come to it. But knowing Shaka the way I do, I don't think he'll be making any hasty decisions.
"As he told me, he wants to crack on with pre-season training, get himself fit and see where that goes.
"'He's had a couple of tremendous years here but, by his own high standards, he didn't do as well as he possibly could last season."
Young prodigy Steven Bywater is another whose future is clouded after James's arrival, but Roeder believes that it is an ideal time to loan him out to a lower league club and allow him to gain experience.
"We've already had several clubs asking about him going out on loan to them for the season," added Roeder. "We would have the ability to get him back here on an instant recall basis in the event of an emergency.
"It's just what Stephen needs. And if that happens, I'll still be left with three keepers - David, hopefully Shaka and Craig Forrest."