Wayne Hennessey hoping he has won Crystal Palace goalkeeper battle for Fulham opener

BY SAM SMITH

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey admits his place between the sticks is up for grabs.

The Eagles signed Spaniard Vicente Guaita to compete with the Wales international for the club’s number one spot, but the former Getafe man has played second fiddle for most of pre-season – starting just once and failing to appear in Saturday’s 4-0 win at Reading.

Hennessey said: “The [goalkeeper] shirt is up for grabs. Hopefully I can start the season.”

One player who is certain to start the season for the Eagles is Wilfried Zaha, barring a big-money move away. The forward, who scored two stunning goals in the victory against the Royals, has been linked with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund.

Hennessey is hopeful that the Ivory Coast international will still be a Palace player after the English transfer deadline on August 9.

“Wilf’s been fantastic for us. Obviously there has been a lot of speculation about him and we hope as players that he stays. What a talent he is, though. He’s enjoying his football and it’s nice to see.

“You want to keep your best players, and he’s certainly one of our best players. What he gives to Crystal Palace is massive.”


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