West Ham United star Darren Randolph has praised a young goalkeeper who has gone viral in coronavirus isolation.
The world has been gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Premier League – indeed all sport – has been shut down as a result.
That meant West Ham’s battle against the very real prospect of relegation is on hold for now.
West Ham’s season on hold after coronavirus lockdown
West Ham’s stars are no different to everyone else and must observe the enforced lockdown passed down by the government this week.
One particular youngster has stolen the show when it comes to using initiative during the lockdown.
Irish goalkeeping wannabe Nathan Fanagan is an only-child from Tallaght in Dublin who is self-isolating.
The 11-year-old was filmed in his garden kicking the ball off the fence and rushing back to the goal to keep it out of the net.
Nathan’s mum Sarah-Jayne Tobin posted the video on Twitter where it went viral with 10 million views and counting.
Young Irish goalkeeper goes viral with self-isolation practice drill
It has been retweeted by Manchester United keeper David de Gea and Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel.
But West Ham’s own Irish goalkeeper Randolph has gone one step further.
The Hammers stopper took to Twitter to praise his fellow countryman.
And the West Ham number two has also invited young Nathan to train with his academy when life returns to normality.
“Great initiative and dedication!” Randolph said on Twitter alongside the video.
Hammers star Randolph praises youngster and makes offer
“I would be delighted to welcome Nathan to my goalkeeping academy in @sportirecampus when things get back to normal #StayHomeStaySafe.”
Great initiative & dedication! I would be delighted to welcome Nathan to my goalkeeping academy in @sportirecampus when things get back to normal @thesjtobin #coronavirus #StayHomeStaySafe pic.twitter.com/o7WU30ZVc6
— Darren Randolph (@RandzOfficial) March 24, 2020
Randolph’s offer was widely praised by West Ham fans and the general public.
And many West Ham fans were quick to point out young Nathan is better than the hapless Roberto.
Randolph returned to West Ham in January to replace the bumbling Spaniard.
But he faces his own form of isolation from the West Ham first team with star man Lukasz Fabianski the club’s undisputed number one.