Steve Mandanda was officially confirmed as a Crystal Palace player yesterday afternoon, and if the compilation video attached below is anything to go by, we’ve got ourselves a real star.
At just 31, Mandanda makes the switch to Selhurst Park ahead of the years when he will arguably be at his prime between the sticks, after spending eight years in the Marseille goal. Having played in France throughout his career, the decision to move to the Premier League is one the big man won’t have taken likely, but with the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Pape Souare already on the Eagles’ books, he’s likely to have been given a good impression of life in SE25.
Despite playing second fiddle to Hugo Lloris in France’s Euro 2016 squad, there were plenty of fans across the channel who championed the idea of the new Palace man getting the nod in front of his counterpart prior to the beginning of the tournament. No doubt, his superb performance during the last Ligue 1 season, which saw him named as the division’s Goalkeeper of the Year for a record fourth time will have had plenty to do with that.
He’s a name we’ve seen floating around in connection with Alan Pardew for at least a year now, without ever seriously assuming that a deal was likely to be put in place, given the stellar reputation the stopper enjoys across Europe. To bring him in for a fee believed to be just £1.4 million, despite apparent interest from Ronald Koeman’s Everton can be looked upon as a real coup on our part.
As you can tell from the video attached at the top of the page, we are bringing in a goalkeeper with real class and pedigree, who has performed consistently well for his former employers ever since being given the chance to impress for them way back in 2008. If you weren’t excited about seeing him in red and blue before, you will be after this.