Thanks to the fine form of Julian Speroni, Wayne Hennessey only made his debut for the club in last week’s game against Fulham, but many believe that next season, we will see the Welsh number one take over from Speroni in the Palace goal.
Although 90 minutes of football is a far from sufficient amount to form a proper opinion on Hennessey’s strengths and weaknesses, the early signs have been positive. In many ways, the former Wolves man offers a lot of the attributes that Speroni lacks. Standing at well over six-foot, his command of the penalty area was noticeable at Craven Cottage, whilst his handling of crosses and high balls looked to be exemplary.
Coupled with that, his kicking both from the ground and out of his hands seemed to be a vast improvement on what Speroni can manage, giving the team an extra dimension to their play, which should prove to be rather useful given our consistent use of counter-attacks in recent months.
His shot stopping remains untested to any great extent, with both of Fulham’s goals having been bordering on impossible to prevent, and it would be asking a hell of a lot to expect him to match up to Speroni in that department, but overall, it’s feasible to suggest that Hennessey presents a more complete package as a goalkeeper than the Argentinian ever has, leaving Tony Pulis with a genuine dilemma this summer.
Does he stick or twist? I wouldn’t like to be the one making the call.
Season 2013/14 Grade: C