Palace’s Steve Mandanda “Agrees Three Year Deal” With Another Club

0 Posted by - March 15, 2017 - News

He may have only arrived last summer but it looks as though French international goalkeeper Steve Mandanda will be on his way out of Selhurst Park when the current campaign draws to a close.

This article offers all the details of Mandanda’s escape plan, with the Frenchman having already sorted out a deal.

Whilst the deal was looked upon as a real coup for the club when it was first announced, the reality of life in SE25 has seemingly hit Mandanda hard in the last few months. Already sidelined with a relatively serious knee injury, homesickness is believed to have set in, leading him to actively encourage his representatives to explore the possibility of engineering a move away from the Eagles.

Although our results were passable when the big man was between the sticks, it’s worth remembering that he is still awaiting his first Premier League clean sheet in Palace colours; conceding 17 goals in just nine top flight appearances, 10 of which came in his last three games against Leicester, Liverpool and Burnley respectively.

I am not for a moment suggesting that Wayne Hennessey is the long-term answer for us but should we manage to survive the drop between now and May, the loss of Mandanda from the 25-man squad should not be looked upon as a complete disaster. In truth, it would enable Sam Allardyce and his coaching staff to dip their toes into the market, ideally finding another stopper who is more capable and mentally willing to commit to the Palace cause for the long haul.

These stories regarding Mandanda’a future are undeniably frustrating but having seen the warning signs for months, I can’t pretend to be surprised by these latest revelations. The man’s heart has never been fully in it and for that reason alone, it would make sense for us to cut our losses as soon as possible. Sometimes, these things just don’t work out as planned.

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  • Ben March 15, 2017 - 12:39 pm Reply

    Agree with you on this one. The Mandanda thing has been strange from when he first got injured/dropped. He just disappeared off the radar and then after 3 weeks we were told he had a serious knee injury. As you say his heart just hasn’t seemed to be with us and it’s probably best if he does move on. Not the end of the world.

    • admin March 17, 2017 - 10:20 am Reply

      I feel as though Mandanda has all the attributes to be a top keeper for us or anyone else but his heart does need to be in it.

      As we all know, there are plenty of other fish in the sea.

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