West Ham boss to make decision between Randolph and Adrian
PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 April 2017
Will Randolph the red-faced keeper stay in the team for West Ham against Everton?
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic faces a selection headache over whether to drop Darren Randolph and bring Adrian back into the starting line-up for the clash with Everton at the London Stadium.
The Spanish stopper was dropped back in November after a couple of mistakes, but Randolph made two howlers at Sunderland and, coupled with mistakes in previous games, his place is now under pressure.
Bilic had said he would stick by the Ireland international earlier in the week, but at his pre-match press conference he was not so adamant.
He said: “We are going to see. I am not going to discuss it in front of the press. I spoke to Adrian a few times. When I decided to drop him and give ‘Randy’ a chance and then a couple of times about his future.
“He is a great pro and he has never dropped one bit in training and has waited for his chance.
“Randolph held his hands up about the goals, but I said publicly we are winning as a team and losing as a team.
“The whole world knows when it is the keeper at fault. Of course it was a mistake, but it is a team game and it has to be like that.
“I can’t forget how many times he has done a good job for us.
“We are going to see, we have a game on Saturday. We have two really good goalkeepers and they need confidence like any other player.
“It is wrong to judge your goalkeeper on one mistake or whatever and change them on a weekly basis, because you then lose both of them and then you need five of them.”
It is going to be an interesting decision, but with memories of Adrian’s heroics two seasons ago against Everton in the FA Cup, perhaps that will sway things his way.