This time last year Wayne Hennessey was a target for Chris Hughton when he was in charge of Nottingham Forest.

The goalkeeper ended up signing for Burnley in the end with the Reds landing American stopper Ethan Horvath instead.

Hennessey has endured a frustrating 2021/22, making just two Premier League appearances and three in total.

Now, he will hope that Burnley’s relegation can see him claim more frequent football with Nick Pope likely to move on.

When Hughton was linked with bringing Hennessey to Forest, it’s fair to say that some eyebrows were raised.

Hughton target Hennessey
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The 35-year-old is at the wrong end of his career and some felt that was another example of Hughton targeting experienced players.

Still, it would seem as though Hennessey has still got it!

On Sunday, he enjoyed arguably the defining moment of his career as he helped Wales qualify for the World Cup.

It’s the first time the nation has been to the competition since 1958 and they have their goalkeeper to thank.

The man previously linked with Forest made a stunning nine saves to deny Ukraine an emotional victory.

Some of the saves were right out of the top drawer, with one in particular from Artem Dovbyk defying gravity!

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to the City Ground but on Sunday he found Hennessey inspired between the posts.

Hennessey a target for Hughton and on Sunday he showed why

Wales Online lauded his performance after the weekend masterclass.

They wrote: “Kept out everything thrown at him. A brilliant stop to deny Tsygankov early in the second half, but the save to keep out Dovbyk is surely one of Welsh football’s most iconic moments of all time.”

Forest probably wouldn’t have called upon Hennessey had he signed for the Reds.

Brice Samba has remained the number one in large, although he did miss seven games after losing his place through suspension.

Hughton target Hennessey
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Hennessey chose the bright lights of the Premier League but from a game time perspective, it’s not worked out.

Now, Burnley have swapped places with Forest and Hennessey could become the Clarets’ number one custodian during 2022/23.

With Danny Ward breathing down his neck the goalkeeper will want to get plenty of game time.

At 35, this will be his only chance to play at a World Cup and Hennessey won’t fancy being second fiddle in Qatar.

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