The second international break of the season provides a handy juncture at which to judge West Ham’s transfer business this summer.
After a shaky start, many of Manuel Pellegrini’s new recruits are showing their worth and settling well. So we turned our attention to any players who may wish they’d left the club during the transfer window.
It is a testament to the club and to Pellegrini that there aren’t too many. Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio were possible contenders, but both had different reasons they might wish to stay.
However, back-up goalkeeper Adrian may wish he’d left. We’ve had a look at why…
Last season, Joe Hart’s patchy form saw Adrian able to engage the Englishman in a genuine fight to be first-choice goalkeeper.
After Hart left the club, Pellegrini dipped into the market to secure a bargain deal for Lukasz Fabianski from Swansea.
That has proved to be an inspired decision; the Polish stopper has required no bedding in period and has arguably been the club’s best player in the opening weeks of the season.
What does that mean for Adrian?
Put simply, that he won’t get in the team. With Fabianski in this kind his form, Adrian’s contribution will likely be limited to captaining the EFL Cup side.
While that may turn into a major role if West Ham are able to continue their run deep into the competition, it is not the first-team action the Spaniard will desire.
There is no real way around it; no manager likes chopping and changing his keeper and Fabianski is Pellegrini’s man.
Unless there’s an injury or a major loss of form, Adrian won’t see a Premier League minute before January. At that stage, the goalie may wish he’d left in the summer and look to make amends in the mid-season window.