When West Ham United parted methods with Darren Randolph back in the summer of 2017, with the goalkeeper signing up with Middlesbrough in what was a ₤ 5m offer, very couple of Hammers fans would have anticipated their club to resign the 34-year-old shot-stopper simply 2 and a half years later.

However, this is exactly what West Ham did, paying the Championship side ₤ 4.23 m for the goalkeeper in January of 2020, handing the previous Republic of Ireland international a 3 and a half year offer on ₤ 42k-per-week.

And, while the ₤ 900k-rated ‘keeper was certainly an extremely decent backup option to Lukasz Fabianski at the time, especially with West Ham’s then number two, Roberto, withstanding a dreadful season, the club have since brought the ₤ 138k-per-week Alphonse Areola to the club to deputise for the 36-year-old first-choice– seeing Randolph become David Moyes’ third inline in between the sticks.


How lots of Premier League goals did West Ham United score in the 2020/21 Premier League season? 57 62 67 72 Indeed, given that his go back to the club two years ago, the Irishman has actually

made simply nine first-team appearances for West Ham, with just five of these getaways coming in the Premier League. And, when taking into account the fact that Randolph has up until now cost the Hammers approximately ₤ 4.6 m in earnings over the 110 weeks since his return to the London Stadium, in addition to his ₤ 4.2 m transfer charge, this means each appearance the goalkeeper has produced the Irons has cost the club simply shy of a whopping ₤ 1m.

As such, while the player who the former Middlesbrough manager, Jonathan Woodgate, dubbed an “impressive” talent in between the sticks might well be precisely this, thinking about simply how little the 34-year-old has included for the club, it would very much appear as if the decision to resign the veteran was an extremely unusual one.

Do you think Randolph should be given a new agreement?

Yes Vote No Vote Certainly, the third-choice position is usually one held by among the club’s up and coming potential customers, managing a promising youngster a possibility at acquiring some valuable first-team minutes.

Nevertheless, with Randolph not just staying at the club, but Moyes reportedly reluctant to extend the goalkeeper’s current agreement, it would appear this path is closed to the young goalkeepers in the West Ham academy, yet another reason the Irishman’s position within Moyes’ side makes extremely little sense.

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