But with Martin’s own contract running out in the coming months, and West Ham already linked with replacement goalkeepers, it appears likely that the former Millwall man will be moved on.
The 35-year-old has appeared just five times following his move across London from The Den, one of which was a memorable win at Stamford Bridge back in November 2019.
But Martin hasn’t made a single first-team appearance this season, although he’s been providing competition for Fabianski, with Darren Randolph previously out injured.
And McAvennie told This is Futbol that Martin has been unlucky not to have been given more chances:
“I always took it that he signed the new deal to give the boy Martin more chance. David will see the boys in training and I thought the boy Martin did well when he came in, he didn’t do much wrong.
“You need a dominant goalkeeper, and I don’t know if Martin has got that yet.
“But I can’t stress enough how good it is for the club to have players fighting for places. So, if you get someone in fighting with Martin and Fabianski for the number one spot, then it’s only good for West Ham.”