Crystal Palace first choice goalkeeper calls out the club on social media for snubbing him from starting XI for Premier League season opener
Guaita might be off to seek new beginnings and end his career on a better note.
Roy Hodgson (L) and Vicente Guaita (R) (Source: B/R Football)
Vicente Guaita, Crystal Palace’s first-choice goalkeeper, took to social media to express his disappointment. This is after he was left out of the team for the Premier League season opener against Sheffield United. This move follows allegations of his asserted refusal to play in pre-season and his apparent wish for other possibilities.
In an interview with the Scandinavian channel Viaplay, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson disclosed that Guaita had opted out of the team’s pre-season games. Further, he said it was due to the player’s mounting disenchantment with the group. Sam Johnstone was chosen by Hodgson to start the first game of the season as the starting goalkeeper for this reason.
Given Hodgson’s remarks, the Spanish goalkeeper’s elimination did not come as a surprise. Guaita’s response to the official starting lineup announcement on Twitter, however, attracted notice. He tweeted, “Where is my name? So how can I play for Palace? @CPFC.“
Vicente Guaita’s future at Crystal Palace
With one year left on Vicente Guaita’s contract, this further riles up the complexity of the situation. Valencia reportedly indicated an interest in bringing Guaita back to his old team, sparking rumors about what will happen to him next. Five years ago, Guaita moved to Crystal Palace from Getafe. He was quick to cement his spot in the starting lineup.
Albeit, he might not be able to get the same status back considering a positive defensive result from the Eagles in their first game. The kick-off on August 12 was eagerly anticipated by fans throughout the world. Meanwhile, Palace, against the newcomers Sheffield United, decided to show their defensive solidity in the season opener with a 1-0 victory.
Now, as much as it is a marginal victory the result might be enough to further Johnstone’s case over Guaita. The veteran Spanish keeper finds himself in a predicament, as the fans are glued to this embroiled drama to know the conclusion.
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