Roy Hodgson may not have been in a particularly cheerful mood following Palace’s 2-2 draw with Everton but he did tell the press about his plans to sign another first-team goalkeeper as soon as the January transfer window opens.
As things stand, the former England boss only has Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni to choose from, opting to throw the latter into the firing line for the majority of his time with us, despite the Argentine now being 38 years old.
In many ways, Roy should be commended for putting the vastly superior stopper back in between the sticks in place of Hennessey, who came in for bundles of criticism before being dropped a few weeks back. That being said, I fully back Hodgson’s call to get another man into the squad as early as possible, given the startling lack of clean sheets we’ve been able to keep since the season began.
Whilst the signing of Steve Mandanda at the start of the 2016-17 season was supposed to signal a changing of the guard in SE25, the Frenchman and his family struggled to adapt to life away from Marseille, leaving him desperate to get out almost as he got here. What followed was a period of prolonged bitterness from both Mandanda and the club over the way in which the situation was being handled, before he was finally granted permission to move back to Marseille over the summer.
As a direct consequence, we now find ourselves in the same predicament as the one we faced 18 months ago, struggling for consistent defensive displays with two goalkeeping options who really aren’t looked upon as realistic options to hold a Premier League number one shirt down for the foreseeable future.
Who Roy has his eye on is anyone’s guess but he sounds pretty determined to push a deal through in the very early stages of the New Year sales.
I’ll keep you updated.