Although we didn’t manage to bring in Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita during the recent January window, the club have confirmed that they have signed a pre-contract agreement with the Spaniard ahead of his arrival in July; making his recent form in La Liga all the more mouthwatering.
As I’m sure you already know, Guaita was on Valencia’s books for 19 years as an academy player and professional at the start of his career, before leaving for Getafe in 2014. Clearly a hugely talented keeper, Vicente simply grew tired of waiting to become the undisputed first-choice in Valencia and decided to go elsewhere in search of regular football.
Now, with a more lucrative contract and a change of scenery on offer, the 31-year-old is seemingly all set to swap España for SE25 over the summer but not before helping Getafe to cement their place in La Liga for another year.
Monday night saw Guaita and his teammates take on Celta Vigo at home, where they ran out extremely comfortable 3-0 winners. The visitors only managed to muster two shots on target throughout the entirety of 90 minutes, one of which is shown in the video above but for Vicente, the game represented a third consecutive clean sheet and his eighth for the season as a whole.
Having previously won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy (the keeper with the lowest goals to games ratio) in the Segunda Division with Recreativo in the 2009/10 season, Guaita has form when it comes to this sort of thing, leaving me to wonder why a host of other clubs weren’t interested in securing his services for next season alongside us.
Eight clean sheets may not sound like a lot but for a club like Getafe, who only won promotion back into La Liga last season, it’s a feat well worthy of acclaim from all sides. With 14 games left to play, they sit a mere five points outside a European qualification spot in 9th and whilst I’ll admit to being a little peeved at the block the club put on our attempts to take Guaita from them back in January, his recent displays have shown exactly why they were so keen to keep hold of him until the summer.