By Matt Farr
West Ham fans have taken to Twitter to urge Slaven Bilic to recall Adrian to the starting line up to face Swansea on Saturday.
The Premier League club have shipped 13 goals from their last five matches – all defeats – and fans want to see a change in the goalkeeping department.
Darren Randolph is the current No.1 at West Ham, having displaced his 30-year-old rival in between the sticks earlier in the campaign, but fans are now requesting another change.
The Republic of Ireland stopper is without a clean sheet since the win over Crystal Palace on January 14, and has been attributed to a number of recent costly errors by the club’s supporters.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Like to see Adrian back he's personality will get the crowd going
— richard (@richardduffin1) April 6, 2017
My team for Swansea:
Byram Kouyate Collins Masuaku
Antonio Carroll Ayew
— ⚒ (@kaz7289) April 6, 2017
Adrian should never have been dropped. Randolph is championship at best
— WHUFC (@IRONSSSS) April 5, 2017
Adrian#but must have better support from defence#its hard being a hammers fan at present#over the years I have been here many times#sad⚒????
— Marian (@MarianMorgan52) April 6, 2017
Looks like it's back to Adrian, another Randolph howler #WHUFC are we getting relegated?
— Paul Jones (@djkipper74) April 5, 2017
Adrian should of never been dropped
— ⚒ Matt Bridge ⚒ (@Bridgey_Matt) April 5, 2017
Adrian made mistakes against Stoke and Watford….Randolph's made more than twice as many https://t.co/xW44Awu6UY
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) April 5, 2017
Prior to his axe, Adrian had started West Ham’s first 11 Premier League matches this season, keeping three clean sheets.
However, the Spaniard is prone to inconsistencies, and several alarming displays triggered Bilic to stand by Randolph as the club’s next No.1
Adrian may not have many more opportunities to impress Bilic though, as his contract is set to expire at the end of the season.
But it is clear that something needs to change fast in West Ham’s faltering back-line if they are to propel themselves away from danger.
Defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night left the club within just five points of the relegation zone, making Saturday’s clash with relegation rivals Swansea a vital three-point affair.
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