Roy Hodgson has impressively weaved his magic around Crystal Palace.
The Eagles have no problems scoring goals, despite the form (or lack thereof) Christian Benteke has been showing for what seems like an eternity.
Yet, interestingly, it’s largely been their work on the other end of the field which separates them from a top-half side. Indeed, they’ve conceded 39 goals so far, mostly due to erroneous defending or stumbles from goalkeepers, undermining the Eagles’ otherwise good work.
Neither Vicente Guaita nor Wayne Hennessey are consistent enough between the posts, with both making silly mistakes time and again. The goalkeeping issues will have frustrated the Selhurst Park faithful for years now and considering the financial might of sides in the Premier League, this summer needs to be a big one on that front.
Clearly, Palace need a strong goalkeeper to continue their march up the table and, with that in mind, here are TWO such options.
The Stoke City goalkeeper’s done the best he could to help them gain promotion, yet wasn’t rewarded for his superb work in between the posts.
The towering Butland’s also fallen out of order in the England national team rankings due to playing in the Championship and will surely want a move to the Premier League soon. Indeed, He’s kept 12 clean-sheets, while averaging 2.7 saves per game, saving Stoke from doom time and again to prove his calibre as a top-quality keeper.
Someone capable of manning the goal in Croydon for years to come, this would be a very smart signing indeed.
The young Burnley man’s struggling to get an appearance, even after recovering from injury.
Indeed, Pope can’t seem to get a place ahead of the brilliant Tom Heaton but is simply too talented to stay out.
With that in mind, he should move in the summer and with his fantastic shot-stopping skills, could thrive at Palace. Pope kept 11 clean-sheets in the league last season, and with his composed demeanour, the Eagles could exponentially improve their defensive record.
Palace fans, whom would you want as your new goalkeeper next season? Join the discussion by commenting below.