Why Signing Diego Lopez Can Help Crystal Palace’s Top-Flight Survival Chances
Crystal Palace have been at the bottom of the table for a good majority of the season and are bordering dangerously close to relegation trouble. Their lack of impact this season caused them to put up a string of disappointing performances, which eventually landed Frank De Boer in hot water. The manager got sacked about a month back and now with Roy Hodgson at the helm of things at Selhurst Park, the Eagles have a long way to go if they are to survive in the top-flight by the end of the season.
As of now, the chances do look slim and that is what makes the upcoming January transfer window a crucial time for Palace. Much of their future will depend on the kind of players they are able to sign at that time and if reports are to be believed, the Eagles are targeting Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez. Having played for Real Madrid before, Lopez has a wealth of experience that could prove to be vital for Palace – especially with a relegation battle coming up.
Both Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni have failed to do much in goal this season. In fact, their lack of impact has cost Palace on numerous occasions and if Hodgson fails to bring in an alternative, they may have to kiss their hopes of survival goodbye. Hence, a move for Lopez does seem like a good idea to boost their chances. The player joined Espanyol on a permanent basis only in the summer. Prior to that, he was serving a loan spell at the same club but if things go according to Hodgson’s plans, Lopez could be looking at a future with Palace.
Lopez has enjoyed a spectacular career in Spain, having made over 200 appearances for Villarreal in between two spells with Real Madrid. In fact, he even won the La Liga title with Los Blancos in his first stint and also went on to win the Champions League upon making a return. He has been a rock at the back for Espanyol as well and made 35 starts for the La Liga side last season. This time, however, it seems like he has lost his place to youngster Pau Lopez.
Hence, the interest from Palace could prompt the player to make the switch in January. His skills are proven and his experience will come as an advantage to the side. Moreover, they could really use his services in their quest for sealing a top-flight future.