Middlesbrough goalkeeper Darren Randolph has completed his move to Premier League club West Ham United for an undisclosed fee.
The 32-year-old ended a two-and-a-half-year spell with Boro to rejoin West Ham, who he represented between 2015 and 2017.
Randolph amassed 112 appearances on Teesside but it was announced by the club on Wednesday that the goalkeeper would be heading back to West Ham.
Injuries had unfortunately restricted Randolph’s game time this season, after earning a place in the Championship team of the year last season.
Following Randolph’s exit from the Riverside we have taken a look at one winner and one loser to emerge from the recent departure…
Winner – Aynsley Pears
The 21-year-old has been Randolph’s back-up this term and due to the 32-year-old’s injury problems, has been a amicable deputy.
In Pears’ 13 appearances for the side he has kept seven clean sheets and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the stopper get a good run in the side now Randolph has departed.
It has already been reported that Boro have agreed a deal with Swiss Super League side St. Gallen’s Dejan Stojanovic to replace Randolph, but despite this, Pears will certainly have a case to keep his spot as Boro’s current number one.
Although only 21, Jonathan Woodgate is unlikely to dismiss Pears’ recent performances and switch straight too Stojanovic between the sticks and if Pears continues to impress he will be hard to replace in Boro’s goal.
Loser – David Martin
At 33, Martin only made his Premier League debut in November and has since made a further four appearances for the Hammers.
He has kept two clean sheets for the Hammers so far this term including his impressive debut away to Chelsea.
Martin has featured when first choice goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been unavailable, and with the Polish international being ruled out for two weeks following a hip injury, Martin would have been set to fill in once more.
Randolph’s arrival, however, will certainly provide some competition for the 33-year-old and will provide a selection headache for David Moyes when the Hammers host Everton on Saturday.
Should Randolph get the nod and put in a decent performance, Martin could find himself slipping to third choice goalkeeper at the London Stadium.
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