David James praises West Ham goalkeeper Adrian

Date published: Wednesday 25th November 2015 2:32

Adrian: West Ham goalkeeper will miss Swansea City game

Adrian: West Ham goalkeeper will miss Swansea City game

Former West Ham goalkeeper David James has praised the solid start Adrian has made in the Hammers’ Premier League campaign.
The Spaniard signed on a free transfer from Real Betis in 2013, and has since cemented his place as the Hammers number one with a string of fine displays.
James, who won 54 England caps in a 24-year playing career, says he is impressed with the impact both Adrian and Darren Randolph have made at Upton Park.
Speaking to the Club’s official website, James said: “Adrian has impressed since he’s come across from Spain – for two or three season now.

“Even when he missed a few games earlier this season, Darren Randolph came in and did very well, so I think there’s a combination where the defence are helping the goalkeeper and vice-versa.

“It’s all contributing to West Ham being a very strong side. Fortunately, and happily a side that look like they are going to finish well up in the top half of the league and not be involved at the other end.

“It will be a sad time for West Ham to leave the Boleyn Ground, but if Man City are a good example of leaving their spiritual home then perhaps West Ham can follow in their footsteps and who knows, there could be European success ahead,” he added.

This will be the Hammers’ final season at the Boleyn Ground ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium. James made 94 appearances in a two-and-a-half year spell in east London, and he says he was “proud to be a West Ham player.”

“I’ve got plenty of memories of this place, it’s funny being in the home changing room again actually. It’s slightly different, but there’s definitely an essence of the changing room when I first came in when the new stand was built.

“There were so many memories playing here. I got injured playing for England before my debut for the Club, missed a few games, eventually made my debut against Tottenham and lost 1-0. That was memorable.

“We got relegated, which was sad. I stayed here in the Championship, and I think strangely playing essentially as England’s No1 with West Ham in the Championship made me very proud.

“It meant I could stay with the Club – I was part of the reason why we didn’t stay in the league, despite our record-breaking relegation points total, but I felt I had to represent the fact I wanted to be at the Club. I was proud to be a West Ham player.

“Alan Pardew came in and eventually we decided to part company, but I was very proud of the time I was here, and coming back here the reception from the fans is always very good.”

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