According to this report from ESPN UK, Roy Hodgson has been impressed by what he’s seen from veteran Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri in recent days and is now set to offer the 35-year-old a short-term deal with the club.
I’m sure you’ll agree that the above story sounds a great deal more feasible that The Sunday Mirror’s “Football Spy” column, which had suggested that the stopper was set to be offered a three-year deal in the not too distant future.
Quite why anyone on The Sunday Mirror’s sports desk would look at Cavalieri’s age and decide to pluck a three-year contract out of the air is anyone’s guess but for me, it just serves to highlight how utterly out of touch they’ve become.
With Speroni still expected to be sidelined for a prolonged period, the signing of Diego will give Roy Hodgson and his coaches some much needed relief between the sticks, with Dion-Curtis Henry then able to drop back into the third-choice role until further notice.
The former Liverpool and Fluminese man may well be getting on in years but as a goalkeeper, experience counts for a great deal when the pressure is really on. In truth, his previous working relationship with Hodgson (albeit brief) at Anfield was almost certainly a key factor in our ability to get the wheels turning at the negotiating table.
There is a good chance that we’ll never need to call on Diego’s services but without seeing him for ourselves, there’s no way of knowing if he is in fact a better option than Hennessey in between the sticks. Having shone for Fluminese during his lengthy stay, Cavalieri also has full Brazilian caps to his name, leading me to hope that he’s more than capable of still performing well from week to week if called upon.
You would hope that the club will address the long-standing issue regarding the goalkeeping core at the beginning of the summer given the mess we currently find ourselves in but in the short-term, it’s comforting to know that we’re on the verge of signing someone with pedigree and experience to fill the immediate void.
Needs must and all that.