West Ham United’s Spanish shot-stopper Adrian San-Miguel has been nominated for the London Football Goalkeeper of the Year Award at tonight’s 2018 London Football Awards at the Battersea Evolution.
Adrian is going up against four other shortlisted keepers for the accolade in the form of Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur, Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea, Watford’s Heurelho Gomes and Championship Brentford’s Daniel Bentley.
Speaking exclusively to West Ham’s Official Website, the former Real Betis star had this to say about his nomination and how proud he was to receive it after a tough 365 days:
“I am really pleased to be one of those nominated, there are some good goalkeepers in London, so I am delighted to be recognised as one of the best,” stated the No13.
“It’s a sign that I am doing a great job for the team and now people around me have validated it by nominating me for this Award.”
The winner of the award will be independently judged by football administration and football media leaders and this specific prize is sponsored by Frogmore.
Adrian’s animation comes after what has been a battling year for him, having to play second fiddle at times to both Republic of Ireland International Darren Randolph and England No1 Joe Hart.
However, the former Spanish International has been able to take back the No1 spot from both of those, doing so with the former at the back end of the 2016/2017 season and the latter in early December 2017, under Slaven Bilic and David Moyes respectively.
The above has shown the gloveman’s fighting spirit and determination to succeed in Claret & Blue and has been a trademark of his career so far, initially breaking into the first-team just months after his move from Spain by replacing Jussi Jaaskelainen at the back end of 2013.
When starting matches, the larger-than-life character has enjoyed many memorable moments over the course of last year, including keeping numerous clean sheets in London derbies, but just which one was his favourite overall?
“Personally, I would say that our win at home against Spurs at the end of last season was magnificent and also our win against Chelsea in December at home too, as it was just my second appearance after a hard beginning of this season, when I didn’t play many minutes”.
The keeper has also been a pivotal part of his club’s turnaround in fortunes since the arrival of new boss Moyes, managing to keep his place in front of Hart for Premier League matches ever since replacing him.
Under the Scotsman and aided by some of his performances, the Hammers have been able to escape the clutches of the bottom three and move up into a mid-table position.
Adrian’s grit has also made him an outsider to land the Hammer of the Year Award for the 2017/2018 term, an award that he finished runner-up in during his first campaign in East London.
However, he will know that even if he is elected London’s finest goalkeeper this evening, the task of keeping West Ham United afloat in the English Top-Flight is far from complete and he will know that he still has a crucial role to play over the final few months.