Garth Crooks: West Ham star Adrian having 'wonderful season' after QPR heroics

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BBC pundit Garth Crooks has heaped praise on West Ham goalkeeper Adrian.

Pundit Garth Crooks has named West Ham goalkeeper Adrian in his team of the week after a stunning display against Queens Park Rangers.

West Ham may be struggling right now, but goalkeeper Adrian has been sensational, producing superb displays throughout the campaign.

The Spaniard, who joined from Real Betis in 2013, has been a mainstay of the West Ham side and even set a new Premier League record on Saturday afternoon.

Having saved a first half penalty from Charlie Austin, Adrian became the first goalkeeper in Premier League history to save three successive penalties, having also denied Harry Kane and David Nugent before Austin's attempt.

Adrian then went on to produce a spectacular flying save to deny winger Matt Phillips' last gasp volley, guaranteeing a point for the Hammers.

Plenty of onlookers have lauded Adrian for his displays this season, and that performance against QPR earned him a place in BBC pundit Garth Crooks' team of the week - and the former Tottenham striker noted just how important Adrian is to West Ham, even brining his future at Upton Park into question should manager Sam Allardyce depart this summer.

"This gentlemen has had a wonderful season for West Ham," said Crooks. "His penalty save from Charlie Austin was straightforward enough during Saturday's goalless draw at Loftus Road, but the block on Matt Phillips' powerful drive was absolutely superb as QPR were desperately searching for a breakthrough."

"West Ham boss Sam Allardyce went to great lengths after the match to impress on the media just how important Adrian has been to his team this season. If, by some quirk of fate, Allardyce is not the West Ham manager next season the club will do well to keep a very keen eye on Adrian because he and others might decide their loyalty lies with the manager," he added.

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