Crystal Palace have officially announced the signing of Sao Paulo’s Lucas Perri on loan for the remainder of the season – the Brazilian becomes the Eagles’ first piece of January business and, contrary to the opinions of most, it is a far more important addition than a striker.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) January 24, 2019
Injuries to Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey have left Roy Hodgson short of options between the sticks and it is no surprise that this deal has finally gone through now after the stinker of a performance put in against Liverpool by third choice keeper – and Palace legend – Julian Speroni.
The 39-year-old didn’t look match fit and gifted Mohamed Salah his second of the game as he misjudged a James Milner cross, meaning much of Palace’s hard work was undone.
Keeping the ball out of your net clearly important, but so is putting it away in your opponents’ – goals have been a commodity at SE25 this season and many Palace fans surely feel that an upgrade on the current crop of strikers is desperately needed.
A deal for early January target Dominic Solanke fell through, with the Englishman opting for a switch to Bournemouth instead and Palace fans have more or less been left in the dark since.
The signing of 21-year-old Perri, though, should at least come as a relief to those who felt the club were just staring out the transfer window as it slowly closes.
Here’s what the Selhurst Park faithful had to say on Twitter…
Yes Finally ! Welcome @_LucasPerri 🔴🔵🦅
— Djamelio🇩🇿 (@Djamel__1997) January 24, 2019
— tomás ??? (@LukaPenalty) January 24, 2019
Oh so you guys did know it is still January then … ??
— Dan R (@SweetAsAMoose) January 24, 2019
The longest transfer negotiation in history its only taken over a week
— graham brooks (@graham_brooksy) January 24, 2019
3 weeks too late is alright for me, now announce a striker x
— Will (@MajesticMaxy) January 24, 2019
GWAN THE BOY
— frey the stingray (@SpideyBissaka) January 24, 2019
Yay we got a Brazilian ??????
— Mick Drane (@MickDrane1) January 24, 2019
— John (@JohnLee95387587) January 24, 2019