Yesterday saw reports emerge to suggest that Crystal Palace were keen to explore the possibility of securing a deal for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet but just as quickly as the story hit the public domain, ESPN moved to talk down the chances of it coming to fruition.
With Julian Speroni leaving SE25 this summer and the Eagles seemingly passing up the chance to take Brazilian stopper Lucas Perri on a full-time basis, Roy Hodgson is left with Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey as first-team options. Whilst the Spaniard has proven to be a big hit with supporters since moving from Getafe, Welsh number one Hennessey’s standing at Selhurst Park remains somewhat fragile.
There have been consistent grumbles over Wayne’s performances for a year or two already and whilst he was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing by the FA after a photo from a team meal went viral in the latter stages of last season, the whole incident served as a further blow to his already shaky reputation in the eyes of much of the Palace faithful.
With that in mind, Hodgson and Dougie Freedman probably view Liverpool keeper Mignolet as a solid potential replacement for Wayne but it now sounds as though they’d be given nothing other than a flat “no” by the Reds’ hierarchy if they were to seriously enquire as to the Belgian’s availability. To many causal observers of the game, Simon has become someone that is always capable of producing a howler from nowhere but the report attached above alludes to the high esteem he is held in by teammates and coaches alike at Liverpool, thanks to his professionalism and dedication from day to day.
In any normal campaign, having two goalkeepers will be more than enough to see you through without any major problems but as we saw last term, that isn’t always the case. Ironically, an injury crisis between the sticks saw Palace gaffer Hodgson forced into using third choice Julian Speroni when the Eagles took on Liverpool at Anfield, with the Argentine making a high-profile error in front of the Kop. I can’t blame the club for looking to secure a solid third option in goal, it just doesn’t look as though Simon Mignolet is likely to be the man we end up bringing in.