Former Sunderland goalkeeper Remi Matthews has officially completed his move to Premier League side Crystal Palace. He becomes the second signing of the Patrick Vieira reign, following in the footsteps of Michael Olise. The goalkeeper will likely act as the backup to Jack Butland and Vincente Guaita, therefore filling in as the third choice.
Looking at the amount of departures from Selhurst Park at the end of last season, signing a squad player like Matthews is not a bad idea. Mathews will hope to be handed appearances in the EFL Cup and potentially the FA Cup in the forthcoming campaign.
Remi Matthews Completes Crystal Palace Transfer
What Was Said?
Once the deal was signed, chairman Steve Parish expressed his delight at the move, telling the official club website: “Remi brings plenty of Football League experience with him, and we are really pleased to add him to our goalkeeping ranks, where he will continue to develop under the tutelage of Dean Kiely, alongside Vicente Guaita and Jack Butland.”
The goalkeeper expressed similar delight: “I can’t wait to get started. I’m excited to work with Dean Kiely again because he helps me improve, and I’ve got two great goalkeepers to look up to in Vicente Guaita and Jack Butland. It’s great to be a part of it, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Matthews comes in as a replacement for Wayne Hennessy who left the club after seven long years. The 27-year-old won’t expect to feature much with the competition ahead of him at Selhurst Park. He will, however, be delighted to be a part of a top flight side. It will be seen as a monumental day for his career as he finally reaches the summit of English football. And if he does feature in the Premier League, it will undoubtedly be a moment to remember.
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