At twenty-seven years of age, the Spaniard is undoubtedly at the peak of his playing career. Admittedly, I did have my doubts about the former Betis man upon his arrival at the Boleyn Ground; after all, Spanish goalkeepers have something of a reputation for not having the safest of fans and often choosing to punch balls away rather than catch them. Despite this, the Seville-born stopper has well and truly proved me wrong and if anything, is continuously doing the opposite and claiming balls confidently and comfortably.
The keeper’s, in my opinion, biggest strength, is his shot stopping ability which must be acknowledged and credited – Adrian’s performance away at Chelsea last season was absolutely outstanding, and deservedly earned him the ‘Best Individual Performance’ award at our annual awards ceremony for the 2013/14 season. Alongside that, however, the ‘keeper’s consistency levels on the whole since joining have been second to none – there is not a game that sticks out in my mind that I believe his mistakes, solely, have cost us three points and a defeat.
It must be admitted, however, that every once in a while, the Spaniard is prone to the odd blunder – but hey, who isn’t? The stopper should have kept out Theo Walcott’s goal at the Boleyn Ground last season, but I really am clutching at straws here. One look at Adrian’s Twitter profile will tell you all you need to know about how he feels about the club and its’ supporters, and from what I have heard from a vast array of fans in East London, I get the impression the feelings are mutual.
On the whole, I’d have to say that I believe Adrian San Miguel is the right man to be between the sticks for at least the next couple of seasons – having initially signed a three-year contract, the Spaniard has the option to extend it for a further two, something I would personally love to see happen. The fact that we managed to capture Adrian on a free transfer makes it an outstanding piece of business and realistically, I see no better alternatives becoming available at a reasonable price.
Let me know what you think – would you like to see our Spanish ‘keeper between the sticks for years to come, or do you still have your doubts?