James, who played 92 times for West Ham, said: “Adrian has impressed since he's come across from Spain - for two or three season now. Even when he missed a few games earlier this season, Darren Randolph came in and did very well. It's all contributing to West Ham being a very strong side.”
Adrian is undoubted first-choice goalkeeper, with his shot-stopping abilities some of the best in the Premier League, and his all-round game making him one of the best in the division.
He has been central to West Ham’s success this term, and many believed that signing a back-up goalkeeper over the summer was merely a formality, with Adrian set to play every game this term.
This is why many were not too disappointed to see Darren Randolph signed over the summer, despite his lack of success in the Championship with Birmingham. He had never really proven himself in the second tier, but that was not a problem if he was not going to play a game as Adrian’s understudy.
However, Adrian was sent off in the second game of the season, leaving Randolph to deputise - and he more than proved himself as a Premier League level goalkeeper.
Although he conceded four goals in his debut league fixture against Bournemouth, he was still West Ham’s best player, and went on to keep two clean sheets in the next two games.
There are no longer doubts about Randolph as a top level goalkeeper, and if Adrian is ever out of action again, fans will not be fearing defeat as they did prior to Randolph’s first Premier League appearance.
James has praised the work of the two goalkeepers, and has claimed that their stability is the reason that the Hammers have been so strong this season, and it is hard to disagree with the former stopper’s opinion.