Until recently, Wayne Hennessey was looked upon as Crystal Palace’s first-choice goalkeeper but following the arrival of Roy Hodgson at Selhurst Park, the Welsh number one has fallen behind Julian Speroni in the pecking order once again.
With the former England gaffer making no secret of the fact that he and the board are currently in the market for a new first-team keeper when pressed for clarity on the subject recently, you can only assume that Wayne is all set to be pushed further away from a starting spot than ever before, making a move away from the club in January a seemingly feasible option.
Whilst he would undoubtedly struggle to find another Premier League outfit willing to give him minutes, the arrival of Chris Coleman (Wayne’s former international boss) at Sunderland earlier this week, makes the prospect of him joining the Black Cats in the New Year a realistic one. It stands to reason that Coleman will want players around him that he knows and trusts and with Jonny Williams already on the books in the North East having joined them on loan over the summer, I see no reason why Hennessey wouldn’t be considered by Coleman too.
Given his fall from grace at Selhurst Park, you would assume a realistic transfer fee could be agreed between the two clubs in January, freeing up Roy and his coaching staff to press ahead with the search for a new number one, allowing Speroni to play the role of able deputy once more, thanks to his advancing years.
Admittedly, Sunderland currently find themselves at the bottom of the Championship table but Coleman will be confident of turning things around between now and May given the work he did whilst in charge of his country. If he can convince a few players, Hennessey included, to join him, they may be able to bring the club back to something approaching normality over the next year or so.
Watch this space.