Date: 21st April 2016 at 5:54pm
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Name: Julian Speroni
Position: Goalkeeper
At the club since: 2004

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Speroni made his first appearance of the 2015/16 campaign at Old Trafford on Wednesday – Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

The goalkeeper holds numerous proud honours at the Selhurst Park outfit; with the shot stopper already having enjoyed his testimonial match last May against former club Dundee.

The 36-year-old, who joined Crystal Palace from the Scottish Premiership side back in July 2004 for a reported initial fee of £750,000, is already the club’s all-time leading league appearance making ‘keeper – surpassing John Jackson’s record last February after featuring against Arsenal in a 2-1 Premier League defeat.

Speroni, who is a former Argentina Under-20 international, has made over 380 first-team appearances for the Eagles in 12 years at the club, keeping 105 clean sheets and conceding 468 goals in the process.

However the veteran has found first-team chances hard to come by in the Premier League under current Palace boss Alan Pardew, considering the competition from fellow shot stoppers Wayne Hennessey and Alex McCarthy, with Speroni only making his first appearance of the season in Palace’s 2-0 loss at Manchester United on Wednesday night.

Despite featuring in 36 of the Eagles’ 38 Premier League fixtures last term [2014-15 campaign], the Argentine ace has severely fallen out of favour at the London outfit this year, although his shot stopping performance at Old Trafford yesterday evening could earn him another starting spot in this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final fixture against Watford.

 
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