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Crystal Palace close to securing Lucas Perri and could start him immediately against Spurs

Crystal Palace close to securing Lucas Perri and could start him immediately against Spurs

Crystal Palace are close to securing the signing of Sao Paulo goalkeeper Lucas Perri on a six-month loan deal, and he could be thrust straight into the starting lineup as a result of a goalkeeping crisis at Selhurst Park, according to the Evening Standard.

What’s the word, then?

Roy Hodgson did have three senior goalkeepers fit and available for selection just two weeks ago, but things have changed very, very quickly.

Since the first whistle sounded in a 2-1 home defeat to Watford, the Eagles have since seen that aforementioned number reduced to just one, as both Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey have suffered injuries that could rule them out for up to a month.

That left 39-year-old Julian Speroni – who had not started a Premier League game since December 2017 before Saturday’s loss against Liverpool – in goal for the trip to Anfield, where his glaring error allowed Mohamed Salah to score the game’s decisive goal in a 4-3 win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Verdict

21-year-old Perri has never made a senior appearance for Sao Paulo, but is said to be regarded as a promising talent in Brazil. Palace welcome Tottenham to Selhurst Park this Sunday in the FA Cup fourth round, and after Speroni’s unconvincing performance on Merseyside, Hodgson could throw the young stopper straight into the lineup.

Whilst this seems an irresponsible move for such an inexperienced keeper, perhaps Perri would benefit greatly from an immediate taste of action, which could turn out to be the best possible thing for his development and his ability to settle at the club.

Spurs have Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko all out through injury, whilst Heung-min Son is away with South Korea on international duty, so Palace will fancy their chances of progressing to the fifth round – furthermore, by starting against a weakened Spurs side, Perri’s confidence could skyrocket if he pulls off a few good saves and Palace win the game.

After Palace fans saw Speroni mess up in heartbreaking circumstances, this kind of deal would certainly have the Selhurst Park faithful feeling better.

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