By Harvey Byrne
Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Darren Randolph will play in the Europa League and the club’s cup ties at a minimum this campaign.
In the build-up to the Hammers clash against Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League on Thursday, the Croatian manager revealed that Randolph will be his cup goalkeeper this season.
“Randolph will get his chance because he deserves it. He will play a minimum in the Europa League and cup ties in England,” said Bilic, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
The east London club announced on their website in July that the Republic of Ireland international had agreed to a new four-year deal.
However, the Euro 2016 ace still remains behind first choice Adrian, who started the club’s Premier League opener against Chelsea on Monday, which they lost 2-1.
Randolph joined the east London side last summer, but he was limited to just 15 appearances in all competitions last season.
He has previously played for a long list of clubs including his former side Birmingham and Scottish outfit Motherwell.
The 29-year-old started all four of the Republic of Ireland’s matches at the summer’s European Championships after he was called up to Martin O’Neill’s squad.
The Hammers have had an extended fixture list due to their European commitments and Randolph could be set to play in a few more encounters this campaign.
In other West Ham team news, Torino are interested in signing Hammers midfielder Pedro Obiang.