West Ham United goalkeeper Darren Randolph says he might have to leave the club if he is to play regular first-team football.
Well, the 29-year-old is the Hammers’ second choice stopper behind Adrian, and it seems as though the Republic of Ireland No.1 may be getting a little frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities under Slaven Bilic.
However, after only making the move to the capital from Birmingham City in 2015, he isn’t quite ready to throw in the towel at the London Stadium just yet.
Speaking in Wednesday’s press conference (via the Daily Mail) before his nation’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Austria, Randolph said: “There’ll be a time when it does come – I don’t think anyone wants to just sit and not play.
“But for the time being, I’m going to stick at it.”
It’s a difficult one. Adrian has been a brilliant servant for West Ham and continues to provide steady performances between the sticks, although it was his howler that gifted Stoke City a point in the capital on Saturday.
However, most times Randolph has filled in for the Spaniard he has impressed, and some Irons supporters may feel that he deserves the chance to cement his place as the club’s main stopper now.
It all depends on Bilic. Will he stick with his No.1 who made a costly error against Stoke, or give Randolph an opportunity to establish himself at the club?
A positive performance against Austria could well make up his manager’s mind on what happens when the Irons travel to local rivals Tottenham after the international break.