Speaking to Sport magazine - and quoted by talkSPORT - Adrian has revealed what Pepe Reina told him before joining West Ham, having asked the former Liverpool stopper for advice before moving to the Premier League.
Adrian said: “I talked with Pepe Reina before signing. Pepe told me the football was slightly different [from that in Spain]. As a goalkeeper, you need to be alert all the time for shots from long distance. Over here, players try to score from far out. In Spain, they try to work a position closer to the box. The other thing is aerial balls. You need to be strong in your area.”
Adrian has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League since his arrival at the Boleyn Ground in 2013.
Signing from Betis, after only 32 games in their first-team, he has established himself as West Ham’s undoubted first-choice stopper, and there have been calls for his inclusion in the Spanish national team due to his impressive form.
After hearing Reina’s advice about the different nature of the Premier League in relation to La Liga, the keeper clearly believed he had what it takes to impress in England.
He is an impressive shot stopper, and his reaction speed is second in the league to only David De Gea, whilst he is also very strong in the air and a real physical presence in his own penalty area.
Adrian is certainly built in the style of an English goalkeeper, rather than the cliched eccentric style of the European stopper, and he has been a real central part of West Ham’s recent successes.
If Adrian continues his fantastic form with the Hammers, it will not be long before a number of bigger teams start showing an interest in signing him.