West Ham No.2 Adrian wants fair shot at ousting Joe Hart
The 30-year-old Spanish shot-stopper lost his first team berth at the start of this season to the England international, who arrived from Manchester City on loan.
Yet to feature in the Premier League, with his only appearances reserved for the League Cup, the Sevilla-born ‘keeper is considering a departure if the situation continues to remain the same.
“I just have to keep on fighting, showing the manager that Adrian is still a good ‘keeper,” he said, as reported by the Evening Standard.
“And well, if I don’t get enough chances, [I will] try to find the best solution for both sides. Like any player I’m happy on the pitch, playing matches. And at the age I’m at, I think I have to play.
“If the situation remains as is, there’s a transfer window in December, and after that one, there’s one in the summer. I’ll just have one year left on my contract and we’d have to reach an agreement because it’s clear that I’m not happy with the way things are.
“I have not received the chances I feel I’ve earned with my performances, but sometimes football is that way and I’ll have to keep on fighting.”
Adrian at West Ham
Adrian, a graduate of Real Betis’ youth set-up, would relocate to England after making 32 first team appearances for Los Verdiblancos.
He’d quickly establish himself as the Hammers number one, but a string of poor performances would see his deputy Darren Randolph usurp him, before he left for Middlesbrough in the summer.
To date, Adrian has made 125 appearances for the London-based club, registering 35 clean sheets (0.28 per game) whilst conceding 176 (or one every 64.3 minutes).
Much of his frustration could be down to Hart seemingly protected despite looking unsure at times. So far he’s made three shutouts in eight appearances (0.38 per game), but has conceded 14 times, which means he’s averaging a goal let in every 51.4 minutes.