Darren Randolph defends his summer transfer to West Ham despite bench role at Upton Park

The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper is happy with his move to Upton Park.

This summer West Ham United decided to strengthen their goalkeeper position by bringing in Darren Randolph to challenge Adrian for the number one spot. He came in after veteran stopper Jussi Jaaskelainen left the club on a free transfer, eventually joining Wigan Athletic.

The Republic of Ireland international's move from Birmingham City baffled some Blues fans who could not believe he was giving up a guaranteed starting spot to potentially sit on the bench for West Ham all season.

But the stopper has backed his decision to join West Ham this week, saying it simply shows ambition.

He told The 42:

“You have to back yourself. If you’ve no confidence in yourself, there’s no point in doing many things in life. I said I’d go in there and see what happens, and luckily enough, I got a few games and did well. So hopefully, the manager knows that if he needs me in the future, I’m ready to go.”

Randolph has had a few games for West Ham this season. Adrian has suffered a suspension this term and that saw him come into the team. He also featured in the Europa League earlier in the season. That run of football has seen him feature in six games for West Ham - not a bad return for a player who is essentially the second choice keeper.

Adrian has been in inspired form for the Hammers this season and for now Randolph will need to watch on from the bench.

But it is promising to hear how confident he is in being able to push his West Ham goalie rival for the number one jersey.

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