Crystal Palace supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team suffer a 3-1 defeat away at Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, thus extending their winless run to four matches.
Roy Hodgson’s men went into their clash with the Toffees off the back of successive draws with West Ham and Newcastle United, both of which appeared to steady the ship following their 4-1 thumping at Arsenal back on January 20. Yet the Eagles saw their winless run stretch to four games as goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Oumar Niasse, and Tom Davies secured a comfortable victory for Sam Allardyce’s side, with Luka Milivojevic’s late penalty proving to be nothing more than a consolation for the travelling Eagles.
Consequently, there have been many frustrated Palace fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their team can get back to winning ways and thus put greater distance between themselves and the bottom three when they host Tottenham on February 26.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Eagles supporters to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that they are lining up a move to bring free agent Diego Cavalieri to the club in a bid to solve their goalkeeping crisis.
And while it is a move unlikely to excite Eagles fans, the 35-year-old is exactly what Palace need to bolster their ranks between now and the end of the season.
The former Brazil international is no stranger to English football having spent time at Liverpool between 2008 and 2010, some of which under the guidance of now-Palace chief Hodgson.
Yet he didn’t play a Premier League game in that time for the Reds but was often chosen in cup or European encounters, going on to make just ten appearances for the club before moving to Cesana in 2010.
Despite this limited experience in England, Palace are desperately in need of goalkeeping reinforcements, with Wayne Hennessey currently the only fit shot-stopper at the club given the injury to Julian Speroni, and the summer departure of Steve Mandanda.
Thus, making a move for Cavalieri makes complete sense given that it is a low-risk signing, costing them very little but possibly proving very shrewd should the 35-year-old be called upon and play well for the Eagles – who knows, he may even be able to extend his stay beyond the summer.
Yes, it very much smacks of desperation given Cavalieri’s underwhelming career to date, but Palace are desperate, and landing the £1.58 million-rated shot-stopper (as per Transfermarkt) is a move they really have to make to bolster their ranks ahead of the rest of the Premier League season.
Palace fans… what do you think? Let us know!