West Ham are set to complete the signing of Middlesbrough goalkeeper Darren Randolph, according to the Telegraph.
The 32-year-old looks set to re-sign for his former club for a deal thought to be in the region of £4million.
It’s set to be Randolph’s second spell in East London after leaving the Hammers in favour of a move to the Riverside Stadium in the summer of 2017.
However two and a half years later the stopper will return to his old stomping ground.
While it appears unlikely that the Republic Of Ireland international will claim the number one jersey at the London Stadium, David Moyes is certainly getting a goalkeeper who is regarded as one of the best outside of the Premier League.
But what makes Darren Randolph stand out from the crowd? We take a look at the statistics behind his 2018/19 season to see why the Hammers were so keen to bring him back to the club.
While Darren Randolph has an excellent record between the sticks, it was his performances last season which went a long way to attracting Premier League interest.
The 32-year-old made 48 appearances for Middlesbrough in all competitions, proving himself as a reliable member of Tony Pulis’s squad.
He was also a key part of the Teessiders establishing themselves as one of the most robust defences in the Football League.
Over the course of the season, Randolph kept 19 clean sheets and conceded an average of just 0.8 goals per game.
Compared with his expected goals conceded per game of 1.02, it shows that Randolph’s displays were superior than expected when stacked up with the number of shots faced.
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Those statistics are backed up by the number of shots he faced and the number of saves.
Randolph faced an average of just 3.5 shots per game, while being forced into just 2.7 saves per game, showing that his leadership at the back is about organising a resilient defence, and not just shot-stopping.
If he can use his undoubted quality and experience to help West Ham moving forward then there’s no down that the Hammers will have got themselves a good deal.