Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Calvalieri has been on trial with Crystal Palace for well over a week now but late last week the man himself hit out at the press in his home country for suggesting he was signing for the Eagles and now we know why.
Despite being released by his previous club Fluminese back in January, the two parties were still ironing out the final details of their financial settlement with one another until the latter part of last week, making Diego a little twitchy about his future when he saw it being discussed in the Brazilian media.
Having worked under the guidance of Roy Hodgson once before at Liverpool, Cavalieri will have arrived at our Beckenham training base well aware of the 70-year-old’s methods, a fact that potentially played into the gaffer admitting in Friday’s press conference that he and the coaching staff had been mightily impressed by the 35-year-old in the time he’d spent with the squad so far.
With only Dion-Curtis Henry available as back-up to Wayne Hennessey prior to Cavalieiri officially joining, Hodgson and co. are living on the edge but in many ways, they made a rod for their own back on that front by dragging out the Vicente Guaita saga for the entirety of the January transfer window, only to then fail with a Deadline Day bid for Brondby number one Frederick Ronnow for the second year in a row.
Of course, Julian Speroni’s knee ligament injury was a bombshell but Roy has spoken publicly about his desire to have three first-team keepers on the books from the moment he took charge in September, making the crisis we now find ourselves in all the more frustrating.
Ideally, Cavalieri will act as more than adequate cover for Wayne in the immediate future, giving everyone peace of mind prior to a summer of major change for the club between the sticks.
With Speroni out of contract and Hennessey having never really convinced the Palace faithful during his time in SE25, it feels like the right time for a change of personnel regardless of the division we’re playing in.
Whilst Cavalieri doesn’t represent a long-term option in the slightest, he should make the aforementioned transition a little smoother than it would otherwise have been in the months between now and June.