Welcome (again), Darren Randolph

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Re: Welcome (again), Darren Randolph

Post by Ethanadict » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:39 pm

Hardly inspirational, but in the category of "it'll do".

He'll start with a clean slate in my book and good to hear the Boro fans are sad to see him go.

We needed a decent keeper urgently for our next run of games and he'll be in to face Everton which is a relief. Fab with Randolph as back up, is a little better than Adrian with Randolph as back up. Have to confess I was hoping for Etheridge from Cardiff though.

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Post by Greatest Cockney Rip Off » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:40 pm

Just wondering if Martin hadn't dropped the clanger at Sheff Utd (which was questionable as Balbeauna should take some blame) would they have even signed Randolph?

I'd wager they wouldn't have.

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Post by Crouchend_Hammer » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:46 pm

Greatest Cockney Rip Off wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:40 pm
Just wondering if Martin hadn't dropped the clanger at Sheff Utd (which was questionable as Balbeauna should take some blame) would they have even signed Randolph?

I'd wager they wouldn't have.
IMpossible to say, but i think they would have
DAvid Martin is/was a long way off a viable option, and Randolph is a huge improvement

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Post by Greatest Cockney Rip Off » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:51 pm

If Fabianski didn't get injured, I don't think they would have bothered with a backup keeper. I think their hand was forced.

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Post by Crouchend_Hammer » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:58 pm

Greatest Cockney Rip Off wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:51 pm
If Fabianski didn't get injured, I don't think they would have bothered with a backup keeper. I think their hand was forced.
Randolph has been on the radar for a while
For the owners he fits the boxes:
- He can be considered a legitimate back-up...in the sense that if Fab is fit, he is a clear no.2, and is prepared to accept that [certainly in the short-term]
- because of his previous experience with us he can step in immediately if required with probably less disruption than another keeper i.e hsa experience in the premier league, he has played with some of the defenders before, knows some of the other players, will likely feel more comfortable with the club environment quicker than a newbie

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Post by goa127 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:03 pm

Liverpool signing Adrian as back -up shows how difficult it is to sign a quality 2nd choice keeper. He was out of contract because no one had wanted him as first choice, although as we know he's a decent keeper. David Martin has performed admirably in the circumstances but I don't think he even sees himself as a top keeper

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Post by LincolnshireHammer » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:14 pm

Is he going straight into the side for Saturday?

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Post by Cellar-door » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:25 pm

Assuming he's healthy this is honestly a good signing.
Randolph is a good solid second keeper. Good shot stopper, decent organizer, good distributor. Not elite at anything which is why he's not a PL starter, but generally reliable and a major step up from Roberto and Martin.

Assuming Roberto is let go, his HG status also opens up an International place, so we can bring in a midfielder and striker without letting anyone go (just don't register Cardoso)

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Post by The Sherriff » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:37 pm

He hasn't played 30 x top flight games in his whole career.

Since he was allowed to leave Brum in 2015, we've given this bang average keeper a total of 7.5 years worth of contract.

Hes 4 months away from his 33rd birthday.

Another absurd signing ..... we never learn.

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Post by Kialos » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:44 pm

Absolute shytehouse signing.

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Post by Danny's Dyer Acting » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:45 pm

The Sherriff wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:37 pm
Since he was allowed to leave Brum in 2015
This is simply not true. Under the radar Randolph has shown that he's in this for £££ as much as the sport.

Ran his contract down at Charlton and jumped to a first team role in the SPL for more money.
Ran his contract down at Motherwell and jumped to a first team role in the Championship for more money.
Ran his contract down at Brum and jumped to a back up role in the Premier League for more money.
Coming back to be a back up in the Premier League for more money.

There's quotes out there from all the clubs he's left (other than West Ham) making it clear they wanted him to stay.

Respect the hustle :thup:

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Post by Westbourne Bill » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:48 pm

I would have though the key thing is whether he has been consistently excellent since he left us. Clearly he has.
On that basis I'm in.

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Post by The Sherriff » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:48 pm

^^

Hes maximising his limited potential then. Players do it .... thats the modern game.

Dont dispute your comment though DDA :thup: ,

I dont think hes particualry good as his career record testifies ... certainly not top flight. Am sure he was and still is chasing the dollar.

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Post by warp » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:07 pm

The Sherriff wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:48 pm
Am sure he was and still is chasing the dollar.
like what, 99.87% of professional footballers?

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Post by guineapig » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:23 pm

"There's quotes out there from all the clubs he's left (other than West Ham) making it clear they wanted him to stay."

I don't understand the negativity round Randolph. Boro would have liked to keep him but he was on a good contract and basically they are brassic and the money they have saved will enable them to invest in other ares of the team. Their new GK has settled in so they don't need him. I also believe he would have been happy to stay. I have watched quite a lot of their games on TV and he played well in all of them, certainly saved them a few points.

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Post by -DL- » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:29 pm

Played a huge part in a certain victory against Man Utd back in 2016. :thup:

Didn't he make a cracker of a save that night to keep it at 2-2? Or is my memory playing tricks?

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Post by il_martello_di_genovesi » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:31 pm

-DL- wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:29 pm
Played a huge part in a certain victory against Man Utd back in 2016. :thup:
Poor goalkeeping from Randolph led to Man Utd taking the lead in the game didn’t it?

I hope he’s better than when he was first here, I really do.

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Post by WestHamIFC » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:38 pm

The Green Man wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:37 pm
Boro fans seem to be gutted and think he's been on of their best players
Voted their double player of season (player's player and fan's player):
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.. and in Championship Team of Season:
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.. and Republic of Ireland player of the year:
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That's a pretty comprehensive clean sweep. They are very definitely gutted!

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Post by funky chicken » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:49 pm

What we also need to remember is he may not just be a back-up Keeper. As with Fabianski getting older and picking up injury after injury, in effect Randolph is our number 1 Keeper.

With a very good chance of Fabianski still picking up injuries the question we need to ask ourselves is: Are we comfortable going through the next couple of seasons with Randolph technically as our number 1?

I most certainly am not! You can most certainly kiss goodbye to any hope of finishing in the top 10, let alone fighting for a Europa League place. He is at best a team fighting relegation season after season. At worst a midtable Championship Keeper.

We are still not learning our lesson. To improve you need to make signings that can, or will dislodge we already have.

An older, injury prone Fabianski is still a better Keeper than Randolph.

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