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GEOFF THOMAS: Crystal Palace keeper Julian Speroni must be offered a new deal

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EAGLES legend and former Palace skipper Geoff Thomas gives us his views ... LIVERPOOL will be going for it on Monday but Palace must be full of confidence with their own run they've been on. Liverpool will be under pressure to score a few if the title goes down to goal difference, but there might be a slip-up. Man City go to Everton so you can't say for certain that both will pick up points. Palace have proven they can beat the likes of Chelsea, but if Liverpool get one or two, they could chase a few more and break Palace down quickly. However, I don't think that's in Palace's make-up anymore, they look a solid outfit. I think Tony Pulis will continue to pick his own side and he will want a strong finish. If you can finish on a high playing these big clubs, it just makes the summer a lot easier for him. It also makes the players want to come back into the training ground next season. That's the motivation Tony will have, to continue in the same form as the last couple of months. Monday's game could also be Julian Speroni's last for Palace at Selhurst. It's hard to say too much because I don't know what he is asking for and what the club's ambitions are for him as well. You just think if they can find the middle ground somewhere to agree something. I can't see his performances dropping at all, he seems to be as fit as he's ever been. You can see that with the goals conceded this season. For a team languishing near the bottom for the first part of it, he's done really well. I know a lot of you, the fans, will be upset if he's not rewarded with a contract of some sort. Tony might have someone in mind to bring in, someone who he thinks is better equipped for the Premier League, you don't know. But you can't argue against his performances week in, week out. I just think it – and I hope – it will be sorted out. I hope so. I understand it's the club's end-of-season awards on Tuesday at Fairfield Halls. It's a tough choice to pick my player of the year, but goals are hard to come by in the top flight. Even though the back four have been solid, in the Premier League it is difficult to score goals. I think the way Jason Puncheon has bounced back from all the ribbing he got at Tottenham, he must be up there. Goals do make a club survive and I think his have played a big part in keeping Palace up this time round.

GEOFF THOMAS: Crystal Palace keeper Julian Speroni must be offered a new deal


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