Not a week goes by without Wilfried Zaha being linked with the Selhurst Park exit, but that doesn’t mean that Steve Parish should forget about Vicente Guaita.
The veteran goalkeeper’s contract with Crystal Palace is set to expire at the end of the season and his recent heroics have warranted a new deal.
Guaita was beaten from 25 yards out after Harry Kane gave Tottenham Hotspur the lead with a long-range effort which he should have saved comfortably.
But, following Wayne Hennessey’s injury and after Jack Butland tested positive for Coronavirus, the 30-year-old should be allowed a margin for error. After all, what choice does Roy Hodgson have anyway?
And Guaita atoned for his early mistake as he moved to deny Eric Dier in stoppage time with an incredible one-handed save to ensure Palace leapfrogged Newcastle and Wolves into 11th place in the Premier League.
It’s hard to deny the fact that it would be a real shame to see him leave Selhurst Park at the end of the season, as he has become such a reliable asset for Hodgson, which is more than can be said for Nathaniel Clyne, who struggled to get into the game on Sunday.
Palace have several players who are out of contract at the end of the current campaign, including former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, but Parish must tie Guaita down to a new deal.
Valued at £3.6m via Transfermarkt, in 71 appearances for Palace, the Spaniard stopper has saved 21 clean sheets and conceded just 85 goals in all competitions. Not bad, not bad at all.
Hennessey has never really shown that he can be relied upon, but Guaita has continued to prove his worth time and time again at Selhurst Park. Sunday night was no different. Parish must secure his future at all costs or face serious consequences.
AND in other news, Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne was a total liability vs Spurs…