Crystal Palace’s Deadline Day approach for Brondby number one Frederick Ronnow ultimately ended in disappointment for the Eagles and now the Danish outfit’s manager Alexander Zorniger has slammed the club for the manner in which they went about bidding for the keeper.
I’m sure there are plenty of people reading this who will remember that Palace made a last-minute move for Ronnow at the end of the summer window too, only for Brondby to pull the plug on any potential deal when they were unable to secure a suitable replacement for the 25-year-old before the deadline passed, making our timing this time around all the more frustrating.
Whilst Roy Hodgson confirmed that we have now signed a pre-contract agreement with Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita meaning that he will join the club on July 1st, we could undoubtedly have done with another stopper to act as direct competition to Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni between now and May.
After discovering that Speroni twisted his knee during training last week, we now face an anxious to discover how long he’ll be out of action, with Dion Curtis-Henry backing up Wayne Hennessey on the Palace bench against Newcastle yesterday afternoon.
Ideally, next season, we’ll see both Guaita and Ronnow brought in, allowing Hodgson and his coaching staff to smoothly move on from the uncertainty that currently clouds the number one spot in SE25. For what it’s worth, I felt Hennessey performed well against the Magpies yesterday but over the last couple of years, it’s become obvious to many that we need an injection of quality in that position.
Hopefully, we’ve learnt our lesson after a very public tongue-lashing from the Brondby gaffer and go on to put a formal offer in for Ronnow during the early stages of the summer window, allowing Frederick to get the move he so desperately wants without causing any further bad blood with the Danes.
Only five months left to wait…