West Ham supporters were reasonably buoyant in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing their side draw 1-1 at high-flying Burnley on Saturday, despite playing over an hour with ten men following Andy Carroll’s red card.
Slaven Bilic’s men went into their clash at Turf Moor having won just two of their opening seven league matches, but put themselves in control in Lancashire thanks to Michail Antonio’s first goal of the season after 19 minutes. However, Carroll’s red card eight minutes later brought the hosts right back into it, yet they had to wait until the 85th minute to get their equaliser when Chris Wood rose highest to nod Johann Gudmundsson’s cross past the stranded Joe Hart, sealing a point for Sean Dyche’s men to keep them comfortably lodged inside the top half of the Premier League.
For our resident Hammers fans though, they were left to rue that late equaliser but were satisfied with their side’s efforts on Saturday, and are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from Marca (via Sport Witness), which outlines some comments from goalkeeper Adrian regarding his situation at the London Stadium.
The 30-year-old moved to the East London outfit back in 2013 and has since gone on to play 125 games for the Hammers, although struggles for form last term alongside the arrival of Hart over the summer has seen his gametime restricted in 2017, with the Spaniard managing just two appearances so far this season.
Both of those have come in the Carabao Cup, which West Ham return to next week against Tottenham, and it’s a situation which Adrian, who signed a new one-year deal during the close season, isn’t overly satisfied with, and as such could look to instigate a move away come the New Year.
He said: ‘The coach isn’t giving me much ball, although my data for the last four seasons is there and I will continue fighting.
‘If the situation continues, the market opens again in December and if not, in the summer.
‘I have one year left, so we have to reach an agreement, because now I’m not happy.’
And these comments are sure to intrigue West Ham fans, who have taken to the 30-year-old in his four-year stint at the club, but know that his stay in East London could well be coming to an end should the situation remain unchanged.
Landlord’s verdict: Both Adrian and Darren Randolph exchanged the gloves for West Ham last season, given that neither could nail down the starting role on a regular basis due to inconsistent performances.
Thus, it wasn’t hugely surprising to see manager Slaven Bilic bring Joe Hart to the London Stadium over the summer, but what it has done is all but end Adrian’s chances of reclaiming the number one jersey.
And the Spaniard, who of course penned a new one-year deal over the summer, isn’t entirely satisfied with the situation, and has recently conveyed his dismay and opened the door for a possible move away in January.
And it’s a move which is likely to happen should the situation remain as it is at West Ham.
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