Adrian, West Ham

About Adrián

Adrián San Miguel del Castillo known as Adrián, is a Spanish goalkeeper who plays for English Premier League club West Ham United. Adrian previously played for Betis, making his debut with their first team in 2012.

Adrián was born in Seville and originally played as a striker and a winger for CD Altair until the age of 10, when the previous goalkeeper left. He later signed for Real Betis and made his La Liga debut on 29 September 2012 against Málaga CF. Still in the 2012–13 campaign Following his debut Adrián went on to start the next 31 games, keeping eleven clean sheets as the club finished in seventh place and qualified to the UEFA Europa League.

West Ham United

Having been watched playing for Betis by West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce and goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson, Adrián was persuaded to join the Premier League club. On 5 June 2013, it was announced that he would sign a three-year contract on 1 July having the option to extend this deal for a further two seasons.

Adrián made his debut for the Hammers on 27 August 2013, in a 2–1 home win against Cheltenham Town for the season’s League Cup. His first league appearance came on 21 December 2013 against Manchester United.

On 6 May Adrián won ‘Save of the Season’ for a fingertip save from Oscar against Chelsea. By the end of the 2013–14 season he had become West Ham’s first-choice, replacing previous incumbent Jussi Jääskeläinen.

In an FA Cup third-round replay penalty shootout against Everton on 13 January 2015, Adrián saved from Steven Naismith. The shootout went to sudden death, in which he scored the winner after his Everton counterpart, compatriot Joel, struck the crossbar. Despite having never taken a competitive penalty before, he was so confident that he would score and win the game that he removed his HO SOCCER gloves before taking it – his team won it 9–8. Adrián played all 38 league games and all four FA Cup matches during the campaign.

In October 2015 he signed a new two-year contract with West Ham, with the option of a further two years, keeping him at the club until 2017.

On 26 August 2016, Adrián received his first call-up to the senior Spain squad by new manager Julen Lopetegui for matches against Belgium and Liechtenstein.