Julian Speroni wants his place in the Palace first-team back before too long, after playing his part in the U21s recent draw with Coventry City last week.
The Argentine sustained an injury during pre-season training, leading Alan Pardew to use both Alex McCarthy and Welsh number one Wayne Hennessey in his absence, but now, having returned to what he feels is full fitness, Julian is primed for a return to Selhurst Park in the very near future.
Many of our supporters have suggested that Speroni is unlikely to ever regain the number one shirt on a permanent basis, given his advancing years, but for the man himself, his career is far from over, with an obvious desire to battle it out with Hennessey and McCarthy for a place in the side.
It will always be difficult for a player of Speroni’s stature to wave goodbye to a regular place in the starting XI, having had a monopoly on the position for the last eight years in SE25. After an extremely turbulent start to life in South London, Julian become one of the most loved players in the club’s history, thanks to a unerring sense of loyalty throughout his stay with us.
You will struggle to find a single Palace fan who wouldn’t love to see the keeper given a job for life with us, should he want one, but you get the feeling that Julian is far from ready to hang up his gloves, just yet. Whether or not Pardew will ever put him back in the side permanently remains to be seen, but you would hope that we haven’t seen the last of Jules in red and blue.
Now the owner of a successful restaurant in Purley and with his family extremely settled in the area, it seems unlikely that he’ll ever look to leave the club, but a lot depends on the desire he still has to play professionally.
We shall soon find out.