He may have only joined the club a few weeks ago but Brazilian veteran goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri has admitted that he’s far from certain about his chances of earning a contract at Crystal Palace beyond the end of the 2017/18 season.
Having played under the management of Roy Hodgson at Liverpool close to a decade ago, the 35-year-old was called upon when the club were unable to bring in Vicente Guaita or Frederick Ronnow (their two main goalkeeping targets) during the most recent January transfer window but without a minute of action in a Palace shirt since signing on the dotted line, Diego is far from sure as to what the future holds.
Whilst Hodgson himself has spoken regularly about his desire to have three first-team goalkeepers in the squad since arriving back in September, Cavalieiri’s signing was only forced through when back-up stopper Julian Speroni sustained an injury in the build-up to our home game against Newcastle; a development which left us with only Dion-Curtis Henry in reserve to first-choice man Wayne Hennessey.
Obviously, at his age, Cavalieri was never going to be viewed as a long-term solution by those behind the scenes in SE25 but after swapping the climate of South America for SE25, the man himself has admitted that he’s doing all he can to convince the coaches that he’s worthy of a longer deal heading into the new campaign.
I for one admire the desire Cavalieri has shown in leaving Brazil for a second crack at the Premier League in spite of his advancing years. Admittedly, he’s a more experienced operator than the one who signed for Liverpool back in the noughties but even so, it takes a real sense of desire on the part of any player to relocate for a short-term contract at this stage of their career.
Will we ever see Diego given a chance to impress the Palace faithful? No one can be sure but there is no doubt over the man’s desire to make a mark during his time with us and that is deserving of respect.