Republic of Ireland international Darren Randolph has enjoyed a stellar season with Middlesbrough in the English Championship. His performances have been rewarded, with the goalkeeper being named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.
He has played every minute for Boro this term, conceding just 39 goals in the process. He has also kept 19 clean sheets, the second best in the whole division.
Randolph is an excellent stopper with many years ahead of him. He’s 31 now, but back in 2010, a 23-year old Randolph made a move north to Scotland with Motherwell.
He had countless spells out on loan from parent club Charlton Athletic at the start of his career. This prompted him to change club and move to the Steelmen permanently in 2010, something which paid dividends for his career.
His time at Fir Park laid the foundations for the rest of his career south of the border.
Randolph made his Well debut in a Europa League qualifier, a 1–0 win over Icelandic side Breiðablik. It was clear from early on in his time in claret and amber he was destined for great things.
A great move for both parties
He quickly became a fan favourite, with his excellent ability combined with his passion for the club making him an instant hit. Sure, there was one time he jumped into the Davie Cooper stand to confront a fan after a disappointing Fir Park performance, but this was quickly resolved by both parties.
In most games the Irish international played brilliantly and saved Motherwell on countless occasions. In his first season he broke John Ruddy’s clean sheet record of 15, an excellent achievement in his first full season at the club.
The keeper was named in the PFA Scotland team of the year on two occasions in what was a glorious spell for Motherwell in the early part of this decade. He played in the Champions League for Motherwell and a Scottish Cup final. Not many Well players will ever be able to say that.
Motherwell gave Randolph the chance to shine and he took it with both hands. He was a brilliant addition to the Fir Park side and made 111 appearances in total. The rest is history as they say, with the Irishman making a name for himself down south since his time in North Lanarkshire.
Randolph always looked destined for the top and has even been a Premier League regular since leaving Scotland. For the most part though, he has consistently been one of the best goalkeepers in the EFL, taking in spells at Birmingham City, West Ham and current club Middlesbrough.
The Boro keeper has enjoyed a brilliant career in England. He has Motherwell to thank for giving him the opportunity to prove himself as a top class goalkeeper.