Adrian has enjoyed Pre-Season with the Hammers, but he has a challenge on his hands this season as he grapples loan-signing Joe Hart for the starting position in goal. On top of this, newly-promoted side Newcastle United have once again renewed their interest in the shot-stopper as reported by Sky Sports.
The Board in charge at West Ham United are no doubt aware of Newcastle’s plans and will be breathing a little more sharply as they look for possible replacement options, if this deal goes through. But what if they can’t find anyone who will want to play for the Claret and Blue side?
If Adrian goes to Newcastle United and signs permanently for the Magpies, this would be very bad for West Ham as it means we’d be left with just Joe Hart for all games, including EFL and FA Cup runs. With no back-up keeper, West Ham United would certainly face a crisis should Joe Hart get injured.
In saying that, do Newcastle United need another goalkeeper? Not necessarily as they have four goalkeepers in the first team alone. So, why would Rafa Benitez want a fifth? Probably because Adrian is a proven Premier League shot-stopper and has the skill needed to take the final penalty against Everton if needed.
Okay, so that last reason might not be one Rafa needs to deal with, but it does beg the question... Why do Newcastle United need another goalkeeper? West Ham United have been reduced to a selection of just Hart and Adrian as Darren Randolph was signed to Middlesbrough for 5 million pounds.
Will the Board accept Newcastle United’s offer for Adrian if the price is right? I doubt it, as without him, Hart has no cover and would be forced to play every single game between now and the middle of the January transfer window, should we not find a replacement keeper in this transfer window.
Overall, I think Adrian still has a future at the London Stadium as he is a commanding presence in between the sticks. But if he really wants to leave West Ham United, I’m sure West Ham fans would still think highly of him.
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