West Ham take on Manchester City this weekend, and James Tomkins has been talking to the official club website about the section dilemma facing Slaven Bilic now that Adrian is available for selection again.
Tomkins said: “Darren [Randolph] has done massively well for us. He pulled off a good save in the first half [against Newcastle] and with the one that deflected off me, I'm not sure how he has saved it, so the gaffer is going to have a hard decision, but one he will want to make. The gaffer wants to know that whoever he puts in will do well for him and fair play to Darren because he has done well.”
When Adrian was suspended following his red card against Leicester City, there were doubts about the ability of Darren Randolph to replace him in the starting XI.
However, he has answered those doubts, keeping two clean sheets - against Newcastle and Liverpool - and being the only player to impress in the 4-3 loss to Bournemouth.
Now that Adrian is back, it is up to Bilic to decide whether he chooses to keep his faith in the player who has performed so well in recent weeks, or to return to utilising the Spanish stopper - who is generally considered one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
It is hard to find a reason to suggest Randolph deserves to be dropped after his recent performances, although against Manchester City, Bilic will surely want to choose his best side possible.
Tomkins believes that whoever is named in the starting XI is worthy of their place in the side, and the form of Randolph, and Adrian’s obvious ability, has given the head coach a difficult, but welcome, challenge to make this weekend.