The start of this season has highlighted potential problems in defence, as we have conceded an extraordinary number of goals, resulting in a huge amount of losses at the start of the season.
Hollseey decided to look at each of the goalies and what they bring to the team.
Adrian – Although I often find myself nervous he has a mistake in him, Adrian made some cracking saves against Palace. Having signed for three years in 2013, Adrian was given the option to extend this deal for another two seasons. In his Hammers debut, Adrian fouled Jermaine McGlashan of Cheltenham Town to concede a penalty. Never afraid to go for the ball, in 2015 he was given a straight red card for handling the ball outside the area against Southampton. He also received a straight red for a high challenge on Jamie Vardy against Leicester, where the Hammers lost at home 2-1 and Carl Jenkinson took his place as goalkeeper for the rest of the match. My favourite Adrian moment was when he took his gloves off to take the winning penalty in the FA Cup third-round replay against Everton last year.
Randolph – Darren Randolph has begun to make a name for himself at the club since his arrival in May 2015. Having played for Birmingham, the Republic of Ireland international player managed to play well, keeping a clean sheet in a 3-0 defeat against Liverpool, marking the Hammers’ first league win at Anfield since 1963. Usually the cup goalie, Randolph was the chosen goalkeeper for the last three games of the 2015-16 season, including the final game at the Boleyn, where the team beat Manchester United 3-2. He proved that he could play well in Adrian’s absence. In July 2016, Randolph signed a four-year contract with West Ham.
Spiegel – The third choice goalie, it’s been difficult for Spiegel to make an appearance, in the shadows of Adrian and Randolph. Working to gain experience, he said: “It is great to work with Adrian and Darren. They have great experience and you can always learn from them. It can only make me better.”
While Randolph is looking better by the day, I’d still choose Adrian as I feel he has that knack of saving shots you don’t think anybody would have time to react to.
It’s great to have two goalies who are equally as reliable, and I’m looking forward to seeing how much game time each will get over the course of this season.