The stat which proves West Ham goalkeeper Adrian is the king of the Premier League

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian is having another fine season and is proving to be one of the Premier League's best in his position.

Adrian is something of a cult hero to Hammers fans for his goalkeeping skills and the passion he brings to the number one shirt at the Boleyn Ground.

He cemented his place in West Ham folklore last season when he threw his gloves to the floor before stepping up to score the winning penalty in an epic FA Cup replay against Everton.

But off the pitch he is a true team player too and is always helping new foreign signings settle into their new surroundings, like he did with Spanish compatriot Pedro Obiang as his wife Tamara is an English teacher.

Flying Hammers

The Hammers are absolutely flying this season and sit fifth in the Premier League table, just one point off the Champions League places.

Slaven Bilic's side are also just one step away from an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley with Manchester United standing in their way this Sunday.

It is a good time to be a Hammer at the moment after the club made it four wins in a row with a superb 3-2 victory away at Everton last time out, coming back from 2-0 down.

Crucial Adrian

Adrian was crucial to that win, though, as he saved a penalty from Romelu Lukaku at 2-0 to turn the match in West Ham's favour.

He is up against some top goalkeepers in England such as Manchester United's David de Gea, Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris and Arsenal's Petr Cech.

But a new statistic posted on Twitter by West Ham has proved Adrian is the king when it comes to penalties in the English top flight.

That's because no Premier League goalkeeper has saved more penalties than the former Real Betis man since December 2013.

The Spaniard has stopped spot kicks from David Nugent while the striker was playing for Leicester City, Spurs hero Harry Kane, Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin and now Lukaku.

One thing is for sure, Manchester United will be keen to avoid the possibility of a replay and then potential penalties at a rocking Upton Park based on that statistic.

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