Crystal Palace signed goalkeeper Vicente Guaita on a free transfer this summer, after the Spanish goalkeeper completed his contract at La Liga side Getafe.
After taking over Wayne Hennessey’s number one spot after the Welshman’s injury, Guaita has never looked back, with his sterling performances in goal revealing he was the best bargain of the summer.
Roy Hodgson selected Hennessey as first choice for the opening months of the season, and Guiata had to wait until December to make his league debut when the Welsh international was out with back spasms.
The Palace manager’s recent comments appear to cement Guaita’s role as first choice over Hennessey, indicating Hodgson’s pleasure with the summer signing’s performances.
The Spaniard has excelled since coming into the starting lineup, keeping clean sheets against Leicester, Cardiff, and Wolves, as well as steering Palace to a 3-2 away win against Manchester City.
Five matches, three goals conceded, and just one loss — the arrival of Guiata seems to have kickstarted the Eagles’ campaign.
Crystal Palace have been known to search for the best cut-price deals, but the decision to snap up Guaita is up there with their top decisions.
In a summer transfer window where goalkeepers such as Alisson and Kepa Arrizabalaga went for upwards of £50 million, a goalkeeper with Guaita’s experience on a free transfer is superb business.
And in an additional example of the profligacy of some Premier League clubs, Fulham splashed £5 million on another Spanish goalkeeper, Besiktas’ Fabri, only for Fabri to be dropped after starting the season’s first two matches.
In all, after Vicente Guaita’s superb displays in goal have propelled Crystal Palace up the table, the Spaniard has a strong claim for the best bargain of the summer.