Hennessee-ya! 7 Candidates Who Could Replace Wayne Hennessey Between the Sticks at Selhurst Park

During Julian Speroni's astounding 13 years of service at Crystal Palace, the goalkeeper position at Selhurst Park has never really been highly contested, as the Argentine became a cult hero and made the number one shirt his own. More recently, however, as a result of his declining years left as a top flight keeper, Palace have sought for his replacement. In recent years, Alex McCarthy, Wayne Hennessey and Steve Mandanda have all attempted to emulate Speroni's successes in South London, but to...

Freddie Woodman - Newcastle United

The England U20 World Cup winner coincidentally began his career in the Crystal Palace academy, before leaving to join the set up at Newcastle. His Palace links extend further, as his father Andy Woodman was the goalkeeping coach at Selhurst Park under Alan Pardew, so the promising young keeper is certainly acclimatised to South London surroundings already. 


In addition to this, Woodman won the coveted Golden Glove award as he helped win the U20 World Cup this summer, and would certainly be a promising prospect for the future.

Sergio Padt - FC Groningen

Frank de Boer is a keen admirer of Padt's ability, having watched the Dutchman perform impressively for Groningen in the Eredivise whilst managing his own Ajax team. de Boer will also be aware of Padt's capabilities, as the player signed his first professional contract with Ajax back in 2008.


The 27-year-old is a solid, dependable goalkeeper who is comfortable with the ball at his feet, which is set to be a vital asset as de Boer looks to implement a passing from the back style, and could be an interesting option for Palace. 

Orestis Karnezis - Udinese

One of the more relatively unknown players on this list, Karnezis' name has only cropped up recently as a result of his agent declaring the fact that his client is set to sign for either Watford, Newcastle or Crystal Palace. 


The 32-year-old Greek international is an experienced professional, and if he is to end up in South London, he will surely prove to be a reliable figure. 


Given his age, however, Karnezis certainly is not a sustainable option in goal for Palace, so a younger target wouldn't go amiss. 

Jasper Cillessen - FC Barcelona

Perhaps the most high profile name on this list, de Boer's former number one at Ajax would certainly be the biggest coup of the summer were it to happen. 


The potential capture of Cillessen is far fetched, seeing as he himself recently declared his intentions to fight for the number one shirt at the Nou Camp with Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 


Cillessen, however, deserves better than sporadic cup appearances, and with just under two weeks left of the transfer window, Palace fans will be keen to see how this one pans out. 

Jeroen Zoet - PSV Eindhoven

Statistically one of the best keepers in the Eredivisie last season for PSV, Zoet is a Dutch international with Champions League pedigree and is most definitely one of the most enticing names on this list for Palace fans. 


Again, de Boer will be aware of Zoet's credentials, as he remains an avid viewer of the Eredivsie. The Eagles boss will be keen to submit a bid, as PSV have reportedly set an affordable £10m price tag on their number one, although competition from Benfica may be an issue for Palace. 

Adrian - West Ham United

After losing his number one spot to Joe Hart, Adrian's future at West Ham is up in the air. The Eagles recently had a £3.5m bid for his services rejected as they looked to tempt West Ham's hand, although it would have to take a much higher bid to prise the Spaniard from East London. 


The Hammers would also have to sign another back up keeper should Adrian leave, thrusting this potential transfer into further doubt, although it is reported that the keeper is not willing to play second fiddle to Hart at the London Stadium with the World Cup soon approaching. 

Lukasz Skorupski - AS Roma

The Poland international has spent the last two seasons on loan at Empoli from Roma, and has impressed during his time away from the Stadio Olimpico. 


The 26-year-old is an attractive option for de Boer and Crystal Palace, as it would only cost a reported £6m to acquire the Pole's services, and given his age, he is definitely a sustainable option for Palace. 


Skorupski is an exquisite shot shopper and boasts impressive reflexes, and he remains the most astute option for the Eagles as they look to add a third goalkeeper to their ranks with just under two weeks of the window left. 

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