Speaking to Sport magazine - quoted by talkSPORT - West Ham goalkeeper Adrian has explained that the first thing he was asked when he moved to the Boleyn Ground, as he was offered the number one jersey.
The Spanish goalkeeper said: “When I arrived at West Ham, they asked me if I wanted number one because Jussi Jaaskelainen had 22. I replied: ‘No, I’d like 13’. Everybody said wow. They checked again when Darren Randolph came to the club. I said no again. From playing in the academy at Real Betis, I always had number 13.”
Adrian still wears that number 13 shirt that he has possessed since he started his career as a footballer in Betis’ academy system.
When he arrived at West Ham, he had the opportunity to take the number one shirt as first-choice Jaaskalainen wore 22, but the Spanish stopper opted to keep his favourite number.
And according to Adrian, this was a surprise to the coaching staff at the Boleyn Ground.
He was offered to change number this summer when Darren Randolph arrived from Birmingham City, but again refused, and it is second choice Randolph who wears the famous number one jersey for the Hammers.
Wearing a non-traditional number is not so much of a surprise, but considering he has been offered the chance to claim the number one as his own, it is strange to see Adrian reject the offer.
He is undoubted first-choice keeper at the Boleyn Ground, and having the number one jersey is a sign stoppers use to prove their dominance at their own club.
However, clearly Adrian is happy with his current shirt number, and if his form continues, the number on his back really will not matter.