Wayne Hennessey is still finding his way into the affections of Crystal Palace fans across the country after stepping into the sizeable boots of Julian Speroni midway through this season, but last night, he pulled off a save that the Argentine veteran would have been hugely proud of.
There’s no doubt about it, the Welsh number one made the best save of Palace’s season so far against Everton last night. There aren’t many keepers in the league who would have stopped this. Take a bow, big man.
Having not had a huge amount to do in many of his appearances this season, the Welsh number one has struggled to earn the same degree of admiration that is so often showered on his teammate, thanks in part to his lack of spectacular flying stops. That changed last night when Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley unleashed a wonderfully struck volley from the edge of the penalty area, only to see it pushed acrobatically over the bar by the flying 28-year-old.
It was unquestionably the best save Wayne has ever made in a Palace shirt and will have gone a long way towards establishing him as the undisputed number one in the eyes of many previously sceptical Eagles followers. After starting the campaign behind Alex McCarthy, he has now moved in front of him once again, whilst Speroni appears to have leapfrogged the former QPR man and taken up a permanent place on Alan Pardew’s bench.
Slowly but surely, Wayne has rightly established himself as our main man between the sticks, with his claiming of crosses, kicking and as of last night, shot stopping, looking every bit good enough to hold down a regular place in any Premier League side. With age still well on his side, it looks as though the spell he spent on the sidelines at the start of his stint with us is now paying dividends, with no suggestion that the boss will make an effort to replace him in the foreseeable future.
If he continues to make saves like the one above, you won’t find too many people complaining.