Crystal Palace may have failed in their attempts to bring Getafe keeper Vicente Guaita to the club during the January transfer window but the Spaniard’s display against Barcelona yesterday should give us all a reason to be cheerful.
Whilst Getafe stood firm over the official release clause in Guaita’s contract last month, the keeper is expected to make the switch to SE25 in July, after signing a pre-contract agreement with us during the window. Having heard Roy Hodgson speak openly about the deal in a press conference a couple of weeks ago, I assume it’s all signed and sealed, although I’m not sure how relegation would impact on Vicente’s potential arrival.
Removing that worry for a moment, you’ll be extremely pleased to see him keeping the likes of Messi, Suarez and Coutinho at bay in the video above, as he and his Getafe teammates continued what has become an extremely solid campaign for them with a clean sheet at the Nou Camp.
After being earmarked as our new number one by Roy Hodgson, it’s certainly comforting to know that Guaita has been pulling up trees in La Liga this term but in truth, I’m a little baffled as to why he isn’t already on the books of a far more prestigious club.
Having come through the academy ranks at Valencia, the 31-year-old eventually left for Getafe in 2014, a mammoth 19 years after he first joined them. During that period, he made 114 appearances for the first-team, as well as an award-winning stint on loan at Recreativo, playing 30 times during the 2009-10 campaign.
Since then, Guaita has become something of a star turn at Getafe, helping them to win promotion back to La Liga in 2017 before going on to keep an eyebrow-raising number of clean sheets during the 17/18 season to date. Quite frankly, from the outside looking in, his career appears to be one which has seen him underestimated by many across Spain, which could well have been a motivating factor in his decision to opt for something new with Crystal Palace.
Given our current woes in between the sticks, the sight of Vicente stopping Barcelona in their tracks has given me a warm glow on this rather bleak Monday morning, let’s just hope he brings the same sort of form with him next season.