Steve Parish pays tribute to Julian Speroni on Twitter

Julian Speroni for Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace chairman is full of praise for the goalkeeper.

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has paid tribute to Julian Speroni on Twitter after the goalkeeper's latest comments on the club's official website.

Parish is delighted with the fact Speroni calls himself a Crystal Palace fan and has praised the 35-year-old for sticking by the south London club through thick and thin.

The Eagles shot stopper has played in every one of Palace's Premier League games so far this term.

  TeamSavesAppearancesMinutes Played
Robert Green QPR 126 34 3,060
Adrián West Ham 120 35 3,121
Tom Heaton Burnley 117 35 3,150
Lukasz Fabianski Swansea 115 34 3,038
Brad Guzan Aston Villa 101 34 3,060
Hugo Lloris Tottenham 99 32 2,794
Costel Pantilimon Sunderland 97 25 2,250
Julian Speroni C. Palace 88 35 3,115

And, as Opta stats show, Speroni has made almost 100 saves this season, although that's less than seven other top-flight goalkeepers.

He's been helped, no doubt, by an able Crystal Palace back four and steely midfield, while the likes of Queens Park Rangers, Burnley and Sunderland will simply have faced more shots.

The 35-year-old, however, has been a crucial part of the Eagles' campaign and his experience has helped Palace at key times this season. No wonder Parish is keen to praise his loyalty.

The south London club host Manchester United at Selhurst Park during Saturday's evening kick-off, where Speroni likely fancy his chances of keeping a clean sheet against a side that haven't scored in their last three Premier League fixtures.

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