Goalkeeper Adrian frustrated by lack of West Ham starts

Goalkeeper Adrian frustrated by lack of West Ham starts

West Ham United back-up goalkeeper Adrian believes he has not been given a chance to prove himself this season but is determined to fight for a place in the starting line-up.

West Ham United's Spanish goalkeeper Adrian gestures during an English Premier League football match. (Photo: AFP/ Ian Kington) 

REUTERS: West Ham United back-up goalkeeper Adrian believes he has not been given a chance to prove himself this season but is determined to fight for a place in the starting line-up.

Adrian was second choice to Darren Randolph last season, featuring in 19 of West Ham's 46 games, and the 30-year-old has been relegated to a reserve role again this campaign following the arrival of England international Joe Hart on loan.

The Spaniard has started in just two League Cup matches this season and believes his solid performances in the last campaign warranted more playing time.

"I just have to keep on fighting, showing the manager that Adrian is still a good keeper," the Spaniard told British media.

"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.

"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."

The former Real Betis keeper fears that a lack of club football could also mean missing out on a place in Spain's squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, adding he would be open for a transfer if the situation did not improve.

"The possibility to play for the national team when you are not playing also disappears," added Adrian, who has been called up for Spain but is yet 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."

Slaven Bilic's side are 15th in the league and next host Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday.

(Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru)

Source: Reuters

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