PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet is reportedly extremely unhappy with his parent club, who he believes are unfairly blocking him from making a move to the Premier League with Crystal Palace.
Since the departure of Steve Mandanda at the start of the summer, Palace’s search for an upgrade on Wayne Hennessey has been no secret. That said, thanks to the constraints placed upon us by Financial Fair Play, it’s been difficult for Frank de Boer and board of directors to find a keeper who offers an obvious improvement in between the sticks who is available in our current price-range.
In Zoet, it was hoped that we had found the ideal man; Dutch, just like our new gaffer, still relatively young at 26 and experienced at a decent level with Eredivisie giants PSV, all the pieces seemed to fit into place but as is so often the way with modern transfer dealings, we’ve come up against one or two significant hurdles in the closing stages of negotiations.
Whilst I will admit to never having been Hennessey’s biggest fan, I don’t mind stating publicly that I’ve felt a tad sorry for the Welsh number one in recent weeks. Obviously, there are plenty of areas in which the big man could improve his overall game but following the arrival of Frank de Boer in the Palace dugout, Wayne has been asked to adapt his play to a style which he is painfully unsuitable for.
Obviously, with the only back-up option coming in the form of an ageing Julian Speroni, Frank has been forced to make do with Hennessey but until we do manage to sign a keeper adept enough with a ball at his feet to take over, Wayne is going to continuously come in for criticism, largely as a consequence of being forced to conform to a style which everyone can see he’s not able to adapt to.
Should we bow to the demands being made by PSV in the article attached above or look elsewhere? After all, we’re not exactly blessed with a great deal of time in which to pull the trigger.