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We really should be very proud of this Hammer

AdrianThese are troubled times at the old club but those who have been on the dark side for a few years or more will probably be muttering “What’s new?”

Let’s focus on something else briefly. Let’s look at a player who for me is – as he was in difficult times last season – a shining example of professionalism and commitment to his club.

I can’t be talking about anyone else but Adrian can I?

Last season he had play second fiddle to now-departed Darren Randolph for months before coming back to play a crucial role in the team’s revival.

This season he is sitting waiting patiently for a chance whilst Joe Hart turns in performances best described as average for his loan club and country.

It’s an open secret that Palace were keen and that Adrian was desperate for first team football in the build up to the World Cup to give himself a chance of making the Spain squad.

But when he was told – soon after signing a new deal – that it wasn’t going to happen he simply settled down as top pros do and got on with it.┬áNot a word out of place, just a determination to make what looks a bleak situation work.

Even Darren Randolph – soon after the move to Middlesbrough – couldn’t help himself talking about the two of them rushing to get out first when they knew Hart was on his way. Adrian said absolutely nothing.

This is the way top people act and in the last few days when so many have been mouthing off about everything and everybody, Adrian serves as a great example perhaps of how people should conduct themselves.

I think he’s a top bloke and keeper, probably Hart’s equal as things stand… I hope he gets his chances very soon!


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

7 comments on “We really should be very proud of this Hammer

  1. I have a feeling that Adrian will be West Ham’s first choice ;keeper before this season is out…….and that Hart will be heading back to City.

    • Agree! I argue it was his spot to lose and he didn’t in my eyes.
      Shows his character dedication to the club and fans.
      He could stamped his feet and put in request. No put his head down and trained. Why he is a fan favourite!

    • Will City take him back before the season ends though?

  2. If he stays with us then everyone should remember how Payet the snake acted and vote Adrian as Hammer of the Year.

  3. Adrian seems to have a great character.As a goalkeeper im not so sure.He always makes me feel nervous.Dropped for Randolph and only got his place back because Randy was just as bad.
    But one cant say that because he is a fan favourite for some.

    • He used to be dodgy but end of last season he looked pretty solid, looked like the time he spent on sidelines had given him time to work on how he deals with crosses, he caught the ball more often, both our keepers have poor distribution skills, I hope Adrian gets his run in the first team sooner rather than later if Hart lets in more goals.

  4. Indeed. Along with Noble, the solid core of our team.

    What a dreadful transfer window that was, in every possible way.

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