Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew spoke to the club’s official TV channel yesterday afternoon, discussing a number of subjects, including our ongoing transfer strategy.
Having looked on from afar as Pardew and the directors sealed agreements for the likes of Andros Townsend, James Tomkins and Steve Mandanda in the first few days of the transfer window, hopes of us completing all of our scheduled business in uncharacteristically rapid fashion were high, but finalising a deal for an out and out goalscorer has proved to be an extremely tricky task for all concerned.
Given the radio silence we’ve all been forced to endure of late, Pardew’s willingness to discuss our plans openly in the above interview will come as music to the ears of many Palace fans, offering a genuine insight into how the next week or two is likely to play out in SE25 on the transfer front. It’s been a summer of relatively little communication from official sources on that front, but this represents a dramatic shift in style from the gaffer.
There is also news of an official change of captain ahead of the new Premier League season after seeing Mile Jedinak keep hold of the armband for the vast majority of the last four years, not that you’ll find many supporters who will disagree with Pardew’s juggling of personnel this time around.
We are also treated to a preview of the sorts of teams we can expect to line up against Bromley and Valencia respectively in the coming days as the resumption of competitive league football ticks ever closer.
It’s the first time since late last season that we’ve had the pleasure of watching Pardew sit down for a detailed chat with Grierson. Unsurprisingly, it’s well worth a few minutes of your time.