Parkes gives “Randolph or Adrian” verdict

PParkesPhil Parkes has called on manager Slaven Bilic to give Darren Randolph two or three first team League outings before the end of the season.

Parkesy scouted the former Birmingham stopper for David Sullivan when the club were looking for a replacement to Jussi Jaaskalaien and it was on his recommendation that the big man was signed.

And after the No 2 produced another tip top FA Cup performance against Manchester United Parkes told ClaretandHugh in an exclusive interview: “Darren’s been outstanding whenever he’s appeared for us and was excellent in the replay.

“Being quite honest I can’t see anything between him and Adrian and believe he deserves his chance at some League action.

“Quite apart from anything else he needs to believe that he’s in there with a shout of getting the No 1 job. It would build his confidence and keep a keen edge on him.

“Against United he showed great command of his area, terrific shot stopping and distribution. I really can’t split them at the moment.

“Yes, of course you need keepers to keep the pressure on each other but Darren needs to know the boss has confidence in him and give him a run of games.

“He did great when Adrian was suspended earlier in the season so he has shown he has the temperament at that level.

“I would love Slav to hand him two or three games before the end of the season to see how he settled down in leage action again.”

In a later interview tonight Phil talks about his Hammer of the Year and how he would face up to a Dimi Payet free kick!


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4 comments on “Parkes gives “Randolph or Adrian” verdict

  1. I think that’s fair – let’s be honest, aside from one European game, he’s not put a foot wrong whenever he’s be called upon.

  2. As an ex ‘keeper (as far as England schools trials) I rate Randolph as better than Adrian. Sure Adrian has the personality, but in some respects, I think Randolph is technically better. I agree with Phil Parkes he should play in the next few games.

  3. I think i’m right in saying that Adrians wife is still in Spain with their new baby, not an ideal situation for anyone, it could be that he will ask to return to Spain so giving Randolph more games would make sense….

  4. Adrian has looked a bit dodgy on occasion this season, not as safe as previous years. Would like to see Randolph get a run in between the sticks as he’s been solid when called on.

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