Wayne Hennessey wants Crystal Palace first-team place

Crystal Palace stopper Wayne Hennessey is hoping to displace Julian Speroni next season.

Wayne Hennessey has told the London Evening Standard that he is aiming to take the Crystal Palace number one shirt from Julian Speroni. 

Hennessey has only made seven appearances for the Eagles this season, but he believes that he can be Alan Pardew's main man between the sticks next term. 

The Welsh international says that a good pre-season could thrust him into the first-team fold and he is hoping to give Pardew a selection dilemma. 

“That place at the start of the season will be up for grabs so we will both be working hard,” he said.

“It would have been nice to play some more games this season but Julian has done really well. He is a top man and a great goalkeeper.”

The problem for Hennessey is that Speroni is so fondly thought of by everyone at Palace, but Pardew's thoughts may be starting to turn to the future. 

Speroni is 36 now and he is certainly entering the twilight of his career, so promoting Hennessey could be an option.

Speroni, though, has largely impressed this season and Hennessey will have big boots to fill if he does become the side's first-choice stopper.

Palace will be aiming for a top half finish next campaign so Pardew will be wanting to pick his number one goalkeeper quickly, to provide the team with a solid foundation to build upon. 

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