Jedinak’s Last-Minute Change Of Heart Could Be Great For Palace

1 Posted by - September 3, 2015 - Daily Thoughts, News

Mile Jedinak’s proposed Deadline Day move to Stoke City broke down over pay demands from the Australian.

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Despite Palace agreeing to sell their captain to the Potters with just hours to spare in the transfer window, it was the man himself who put an end to negotiations after upping his demands at the last-minute.

Whilst Stoke boss Mark Hughes had identified Mile as a potential replacement for wantaway midfielder Jon Walters, both men have ended up staying put, given the timeframes involved in such a deal. Now, Alan Pardew and the aforementioned Hughes have the task of ensuring that both men are in the right frame of mind to perform for their current employers between now and January.

According to Palace chairman Steve Parish there is absolutely no tension between Jedinak and ourselves, despite the board sanctioning a move away. Although it may seem a little far-fetched to suggest that relations between the two parties are better than ever, the chairman’s words on the matter suggested that Mile would be welcomed back to the football club with open arms, regardless of the previously agreed fee.

Were you to think of the player best placed to cope with the uncertainty of a possible transfer and perform just as well in the immediate aftermath, Jedinak would almost certainly be at the top of your list. Now over 30, the dominating midfield enforcer won’t allow any doubts over his short or long-term future to alter his work-rate or performance when called upon by the manager.

Although it remains a little baffling to some, the nature of professional sport demands a degree of cold-hearted calculation from both players and management staff alike. Whilst a potential deal with Stoke City was right for the club a day or so ago, it has no bearing on how well Jedinak can do for us in the coming months, such are the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the game.

Plenty were gutted at the thought of our captain saying goodbye to us for good; but there is now every chance of him staying for years to come, regardless of the events of the last 48 hours.

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2 Comments

  • ben henson September 3, 2015 - 9:09 am Reply

    Do you know how much they offered for him? Just out curiosity

  • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh September 3, 2015 - 9:55 am Reply

    A year ago we would be doomed without him but since the Asia Cup we have proved we can do well without him. I certainly believe Palace have had his best years but he still offers a lot as a squad player/sub and is also exactly the sort of hardworking pro you need to keep younger/flashier players motivated. Its also worth mentioning that as a global brand having an Aussie captain is great for merchandise etc. Some players offer just as much off the pitch as they do on it.

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