Arriving at the club in the June 2013 on a free transfer after leaving Real Betis, Adrian took several months to prize the number one job from veteran Jussi Jaaskelainen, but his performances since have established him among the Premier League’s top keepers.
A huge part of the club’s successful first half of this season, the 28-year-old received wider acclaim this week after his FA Cup heroics in the 9-8 penalty shootout win over Everton, when he saved Steven Naismith’s spot-kick before slotting home the winner after a miss from rival shot-stopper Joel Robles
With it now being mooted that he could earn international recognition in the near future on the back of his fine form, Allardyce believes the Spaniard deserves all the plaudits which come his way.
“Our goalkeeper, Adrian, has rightly been given the plaudits for his penalty shoot-out heroics and I have seen media reports suggesting that he has moved closer to a call-up for the Spain international squad,” he wrote.
“I have no idea if that will happen or not but, let’s be honest, he’s the man in the spotlight now. It’s not so much because of his goalkeeping ability the other night, because he didn’t have a great deal to do in the game, but because he took the decisive penalty which took us through to the next round of the Cup.
“He deserves a great deal of credit for being calm and composed enough to put that winning spot-kick away. Adrian has certainly had a terrific season so far, though, and deserves every accolade which has been coming his way this week.”
While Adrian’s recent form is certainly deserving of a call-up, he nevertheless faces a tough task breaking into manager Vicente del Bosque’s plans given the likes of Iker Casillas, David de Gea and Kiko Casilla are all ahead of him, although there may well be an opportunity to compete for the third-choice job if he keeps starring for the Hammers.