Wayne Hennessey has been forced to bide his time as Crystal Palace’s back-up keeper in recent months, but during our last two Premier League fixtures, the Welshman has firmly cemented his place in Alan Pardew’s starting XI.
Having made a stunning stop to deny Tom Cleverley at Goodison Park on Monday night, the big man pulled off two incredible saves during yesterday’s triumph over Koeman’s Southampton, ensuring his clean sheet remained intact and infuriating Shane Long in the process (which is always nice).
It was unquestionably the best performance Wayne has ever produced in a Palace shirt, with his handling, distribution and shot stopping all executed to perfection throughout the 90 minutes, on a day when he drew inevitable praise from his manager and the Palace fans alike.
Given the presence of Alex McCarthy and club legend Julian Speroni looming ominously in the background, it has taken something as special as this for Hennessey to elevate himself above the pair, ahead of what he will hope is a long-running spell in the side for the Welsh number one.
Statistically faultless and growing in confidence from week to week, it finally feels as though he has grown fully into the role of Palace’s undisputed first-choice stopper; with next weekend’s trip to Stoke set to present himself with another extremely tough test. He’ll inevitably be desperate to get back in between the sticks as soon as possible.