After being dropped to the bench for last Sunday’s game against Arsenal, Glenn Murray will be hoping for a recall to the starting eleven for this weekend’s clash with Aston Villa, following comments from Alan Pardew which suggested that he won’t be leaving SE25 in the near future.
Despite the fan-favourite having been linked with a move to Bournemouth all summer, Eagles boss Pardew has suggested that Glenn owes the club, after being brought him back from a loan spell at Reading and subsequently getting a chance to prove his worth in the Premier League.
He is very much our player and someone who I think has been brilliant for this football club and will be brilliant for this football club going forward if he remains our player.
“He has all the attributes you want as a striker in the Premier League.”
“I have a good relationship with him. I was the one who bought him back from loan and gave him the games.
“As much as we owe Glenn, he owes us for the platform we gave him, particularly in the Premier League, where he came and did very well for me.”
You get the impression that Murray would happily stay at the football club, were he to be sure that he still had a pivotal role to play in Alan Pardew’s first-team plans. Whilst he was of course given the nod over Connor Wickham against Norwich, his omission from the team last Sunday, coupled with his age, is likely to have led him to weigh up his options, with Bournemouth no doubt looking to be an attractive prospect on paper.
Assuming that he and Wickham are neck and neck in training, you could almost flip a coin to decide who will begin tomorrow’s tie against Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa, but you can pretty certain that the majority of Palace fans who rather see Glenn strolling out of the tunnel at 3pm. There is a degree of trust and comfort in seeing him lead the line, which Wickham will have to chip away at over time.
The fallout to any deal which saw him leave us in the current transfer window would be major, such is his standing within the club, but for now it looks as if we won’t have to worry about it.
Let’s hope for a barnstorming hat-trick from him tomorrow; it would be fitting.