Since signing for the Hammers from Betis in the summer of 2013, 28-year-old Adrian has become a key part of Sam Allardyce’s first-team squad.
After making 20 league appearances last season, the Spaniard has cemented himself as the Irons number one stopper, and has already matched that appearance tally this term, despite being just over halfway through the season.
His displays in his debut season were lauded by the Hammers faithful, winning the ‘Save of the Season’ and ‘Best Individual Performance of the Season’ awards for the role he played in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea in January. He was also named runner-up to Mark Noble as ‘Hammer of the Year’, and he looks well set to fight for that same award this season.
A vital component of the side who are fighting for European qualification, he has the ability to single-handedly secure points for his teammates, and it has been his solo displays which have endeared him to the Boleyn Ground crowds, a feeling that is very mutual.
In an interview with Spanish media outlet AS, Adrian spoke of the unique traditions enjoyed by West Ham, praising the bubbles at home games, and the ever-full stadiums.
“The bubbles I did not know about,” the ‘keeper said. “But it adds a touch to home games. Playing fields filled wherever you go and stadiums filled with colour is something that every player appreciates.”
Adrian also had words of kindness for the West Ham faithful who cheer him every game, although he revealed that there is one bad thing about the crowds - they do not know how to pronounce his name correctly.
He continued: “They just chant ‘Adrian, Adrian!’. But repeatedly and in almost every game. I appreciate it.
“Although they actually say ‘Eidrian'. I have to teach them to pronounce the ‘a' as it is in Spain.”