With just 25 goals conceded in those 20 games, the 28-year-old has shown himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in the division, and he has been winning praise usually reserved for the likes of David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois at Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.
Despite being something of a fan favourite at the Boleyn Ground, the former Betis man has gone under the radar this season, due to the performances of some of his newer teammates. Having joined the Hammers from his boyhood club last season, fans are used to seeing Adrian put in solid performances, and it has been the likes of Diafra Sakho, Aaron Cresswell and Cheikhou Kouyate who have been praised for the East London club’s ascension up the table.
The Cameroonian international has brought style and strength to a formerly weak midfield, and he will undoubtedly be considered as one of the signings of the season come the close of the campaign. The Hammers are reportedly in advanced talks to make the deal permanent, and Adrian believes that Song is his main competition as West Ham’s most valuable player of the season.
Speaking to Spanish media outlet AS, Adrian said: “I know [I have won enough man of the match awards], but I have a major competitor in the team in Alex Song, who is the favorite of the fans at the time of voting.
“In any case, I am proud. I'm playing at my best, I adapted quickly and that is helping West Ham also excel.”
With West Ham currently looking good on their path to European qualification, it will likely be Adrian and Song who play important roles for Sam Allardyce’s men on the path to success this season.