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David Moyes clarifies goalkeeper situation at West Ham

The big question on everyone’s lips at West Ham this week is who will take the no.1 spot against Chelsea on Sunday.

Joe Hart is widely considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and his loan move to West Ham came as a pleasant surprise to everyone involved at the club.

The England no.1 has had a fair start to life at the London Stadium, but his record of conceding goals is quite substantial – although he alone can not be held accountable for this based on the position the Hammers find themselves in.

However, with Adrian’s stunning performance against Manchester City last week, it has brought into question whether or not Hart should be West Ham’s main man between the sticks.

It’s a question no one ever thought would be asked of the England international, but one that has been merited due to just how good the Spaniard’s performance was.

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Writing in his column for the Evening Standard, manager David Moyes clarified his position on who will be made the Hammers’ main goalkeeper, saying he will make the decision based on the club itself – not England as a nation.

“One of the main talking points from our point of view will inevitably be who will be our goalkeeper,” Moyes wrote.

“With Joe Hart ineligible for the City game, Adrian came in and did very well. So what happens now?

“First of all, I would want to say that Adrian’s performance gives me a good problem because I’m looking for keen competition for places in this team. I don’t want anyone to feel they have a divine right to play.

“We have two good goalkeepers and every manager is looking for that. I’m not going to reveal just at this moment which of them will be playing on Saturday. Talking generally, Adrian did well against City but Joe is an exceptional goalkeeper who has qualities which may go unnoticed, such as his communication, his influence in the dressing room and his invaluable experience.

“I am also aware that he is England’s first-choice goalkeeper and there is a World Cup next summer but, as West Ham’s manager, I am only interested in winning matches and doing what is right for this club. I do believe, though, that you have to have some consideration for the players involved and any decision I make will take due account of their welfare.

“The competition is tight. When I came in, I was told that Adrian was chomping at the bit for his opportunity and that was always going to come, both in cup games and against City at the very least.

“He’s done himself no harm following his performance last weekend and it might be that it’s going to be tough for both of them, since whoever gets the nod might need to play very well to stay in.”