West Ham United back-up goalkeeper Adrian has sent a message to his former teammate Darren Randolph on Twitter.
The pair used to be teammates in East London but Randolph was sold to Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough back in 2017 (whufc.com).
West Ham had just signed Joe Hart and Randolph was deemed surplus to requirements.
The Republic of Ireland ‘keeper never truly established himself in the Hammers starting XI.
Randolph a revelation for ‘Boro
But he has now played 88 games for ‘Boro in two seasons and has been named in the Championship PFA Team of the Season.
That comes after the 31-year-old also scooped Middlesbrough’s Player’s Player of the Year gong.
Randolph was clearly delighted posting a video on Twitter with his award saying: “It’s been a great week & season for me. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. To be picked by fellow professionals for the PFA Championship Team of the Year and ‘Boro Players Player Award is an honour.”
And Randolph’s old Hammers teammate Adrian was one of the first to congratulate him on Twitter.
Well deserved amigo💪🏻 ☘️
— Adrián San Miguel (@AdriSanMiguel) May 1, 2019
Pellegrini’s Fab find
West Ham endured a torrid time with Hart and Adrian alternating between the sticks last season.
Manuel Pellegrini solved the problem with one of West Ham’s best signings for decades in Lukasz Fabianski.
The Poland star is on course to win a host of awards including the prestigious Hammer of the Year.
And Fabianski cost just £7.5 million from Swansea.
Adrian looks likely to leave this summer. So there is an argument to say the Hammers got rid of Randolph too soon.
Hindsight a wonderful thing as search begins for new number 2
He would have made an ideal back-up for Fabianski and now West Ham must recruit a new number two this summer.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
And perhaps Randolph himself would not have been content to play second fiddle given he is an international number one.
Pellegrini did not have that choice to make of course.
But he will struggle to find a ‘keeper as able as Randolph when the transfer window opens.