Palace “Had A Deal In Place” For Defender Before Chelsea Swooped In

1 Posted by - September 2, 2015 - News

When speaking to Holmesdale Radio last night, Palace chairman Steve Parish revealed that the club did have a deal in place for Michael Hector before Chelsea swooped in. 

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The former Reading man is known to have been on the radar of both clubs all summer, but it was the Blues who made the decisive move with time ticking down ahead of yesterday’s deadline. For many, it has left us looking a little light in central defence, but you would have to think that, had it been a major concern for Alan Pardew and the owners all summer, we’d have brought another man in already. 

For Hector; a known Chelsea fan, it may look to be a dream move now, but you can be 99% sure that he will join the dozens of Blues who are out on loan across Europe before too long, such is the depth of options at Jose Mourinho’s disposal. 

Whilst you can fully appreciate the lure of signing for the Premier League champions after learning his trade at Reading, the most important thing for any young player, particularly a defender, is regular game time, which he may well struggle for over the next few years. 

No one can be sure how Hector’s career at Palace would have panned out, but on the face of things, it’s fair to assume that he would have stood a far greater chance of flourishing with us than he will do at Stamford Bridge, with a host of names lined up as proof of the hurdles that now lie in his way. 

Still, it’s nice to know that we did actively attempt to bring the defender in before the transfer window closed. Let’s hope it’s not a decision he regrets. 

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2 Comments

  • Spiceboy September 2, 2015 - 8:09 am Reply

    Begs the question though why didn’t we bring in a central defender over the summer. All palace fans know that is our weakest area & as u point out if the board knew as well then they should of worked harder to seal that deal earlier. Why leave it to the last minute ? 4 million is nothing really. Wish they had of signed stones then we would of got him boo u Everton. Poor dealing yesterday bit disappointed

  • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh September 2, 2015 - 2:09 pm Reply

    Before the start of the season i was worried about our CB options however Damo has really got the bit between his teeth and seems to be relishing the armband. Yes he is old but he is also experienced and his game dovetails nicely with Dann’s. Failing that we have Kelly, Mapps, Hangland and even Jedinak/Ward to fill any holes in the position until January.

    As far as i’m concerned Hector was a lifelong chelsea fan and that has blocked his ability to see that Kalas, Christenson, Omeruo, Ake etc cannot get a look in there so he has no chance. At 23 he is hardly young and if we going to sign a CB i would rather wait and sign someone of genuine quality than a stop gap.

    Any talk that the only reason Chelsea signed him was out of spite because we beat them is hilarious if true.

    I would rate our deadline day as a B+. Held onto to Yala, Gayle,Jedi and Ledley. Got a great deal for Murray. Shipped out reserves like Bannan and Guerdioura. However, failed to sign a ST or CB and didnt jettison Fryers or Campbell. Best squad i have seen as a Palace fan. (born after Wright+Bright years).

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