Crystal Palace’s efforts to bring a third goalkeeper to the club during the January transfer window ran headfirst into a brick wall yesterday evening, when moves for Vicente Guaita and Frederick Ronnow were written off.
Whilst the month-long saga involving Getafe number one Vicente Guaita has seemingly resulted in the Spaniard agreeing to join the Eagles when his current contract runs out in the summer, there had been real hope, both from the player and the Palace hierarchy, that his current employers would back down and allow him to leave for a fee in the closing stages of the window; that hope was seemingly extinguished at around 8pm last night.
Whilst it will be great to welcome him into the fold over the summer, we now have to face up to the fact that both of our current first-team keepers will see their deals expire When the current campaign draws to a close, leaving just one guaranteed keeper on our books heading into the 2018/19 season.
Of course, there was an expectation that Frederick Ronnow would offer competition for a starting place to the aforementioned Guaita but after seeing a proposed move for him break down on the second Deadline Day in succession, you have to wonder if Brondby have ever really been that keen on the idea of letting him leave at all.
Still under contract with his current employers until the summer of 2019, the 25-year-old Dane could feasibly be the subject of another failed last-minute bid from Palace at the end of the next transfer window, such is the pattern that’s beginning to form. Of course, you’d hope we’d have done all of the necessary background work by then but in truth, we’ve known about Roy Hodgson’s desire to have three first-team keepers on the books since he first arrived and now face another four months with no further reinforcements in that area following the closure of the transfer window.
Whilst the overall trend in our results of late has been overwhelmingly positive, it’s difficult to escape the feeling that our business yesterday left a disappointing after-taste. We can of course muddle by with the two goalkeepers we already have on our books but having waited so long for news on a new stopper, it feels like an anticlimax of epic proportions to be heading into final few months of the season without a new face in between the sticks.
We battle on.