West Ham goalkeeper Adrian has spoken out about the time he spent on the bench, after Joe Hart joined the club and was installed as number one under Slaven Bilic earlier in the season and said that it was the hardest time for him since joining the club.
He made it clear that after his performances last season, he did not expect to start the season out of favour, and that’s something the majority of people would agree with, and there’s no coincidence that since Adrian has been installed back in the starting line up, things have improved for the Hammers.
He spoke to the West Ham Match Day Program and said: “Personally, it was really important for me to come back to the starting eleven for the Manchester City game, when Joe couldn’t play because of his contract.
“I produced a good performance and after this the manager has had confidence in me to keep playing, so I have to give him the same confidence on the pitch every time I have the opportunity. I am in a positive way now and feel in good form.
“To be honest, the start of this season was the hardest three or four months I have had at West Ham. At the end of last season, I got my position in the starting eleven again and I played well and we finished well so to be out of the team at the start of this season was hard for me.
“I knew that, if I worked hard, this opportunity would come, initially in the cup games, and possibly in the Premier League, to show my level.”
Back in the line up
Adrian being back in line-up does present problems for one West Ham player – Joe Hart, who of course knows he needs to be playing in order to get into the England side for the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Moyes has made it clear he does rate Hart and will play the keeper he thinks is in the best form and best suited to the game, but at the minute, it seems to be Adrian – and Hart will wonder how his career has gone from being so successful to being booted out of Man City, struggling in Italy and now being on the bench of a relegation candidate.