The uncertainty surrounding Wayne Hennessey’s position as Crystal Palace’s number one may feel like a distant memory now, but if you cast your mind back just a few months, the concerns over whether he was good enough to keep Julian Speroni and Alex McCarthy out of the side were a topic of regular conversation.
Thankfully for both Wayne and us, any worries over his general performances have disappeared completely of late, following a string of stunning saves from the Welshman, all of which have played a major role in the current six match unbeaten run we find ourselves on.
Whether you look towards his stunning flying stop to deny Tom Cleverly at Goodison Park, his astounding last-gasp save against Shane Long to preserve three points against Southampton or his impressive one-handed dive to prevent Sigurdsson from winning it for Swansea in injury time most recently, he’s been a revelation.
It’s been a long time coming for the big man, who has been forced to bide his time behind Julian Speroni for much of his stay in SE25, but after grabbing the chance offered to him by Alan Pardew, the Wales number doesn’t look likely to relinquish his starting spot in the near future.
With Euro 2016 now just a matter of months away, Wayne will no doubt be ecstatic at getting the chance to play week in week out domestically, as he aims to further sharpen himself for what will undoubtedly be the biggest test of his career to date.
As the video above shows, we appear to have found the obvious long-term successor to Julian Speroni.