This Tweet Suggests Palace Midfielder Has Played His Last Game In Red & Blue

0 Posted by - May 22, 2017 - News

A tweet sent from the account of Crystal Palace’s doctor last night would suggest that Joe Ledley will definitely be leaving the club when his contract expires in a few days time. 

This tweet, sent from Dr Zaf, looks to be an obvious goodbye to the bearded Welshman. Ledley will sorely missed by everyone. 

Whilst Joe hasn’t played a great deal under the guidance of Sam Allardyce, I’m sure no one will forget the effort he’s put in for the club since being brought in by Tony Pulis midway through our first season back in the top flight of English football. 

It’s easy now to question whether or not “Leds” is good enough to command a place in our midfield but we should see that conundrum as nothing more than a sign of growth from our squad rather than laying any blame at Ledley’s door. When he first arrived from Celtic, his no nonsense attitude in the middle of the park suited us perfectly, adding some much needed steel and enabling Pulis to drag the team away from the threat of relegation and into a mid-table position heading into the summer of 2014. 

Now, with the likes of James McArthur, Yohan Cabaye, Jason Puncheon and Luka Milivojevic all vying for places in the centre of Palace’s midfield, it should come as little surprise to see that Ledley has dropped down the pecking order. It doesn’t mean he isn’t still capable of preforming well for another top flight or high-end Championship side but in our specific circumstances, it’s difficult to see why Allardyce would have retained his services heading into the summer. 

It’s a well-worn point of view but the definition of progress stems from replacing every departing player with a better option and I’m sure that is something Big Sam will be looking to do in the coming weeks and months in relation to Joe Ledley. 

Ideally, we’ll look to exploit the European market more widely than ever before in the upcoming transfer window but for now, I think it’s only right that we say thank you to the bearded Welshman for the hard graft he’s put in with a Crystal Palace badge on his chest over the last three years. 

He’ll be missed. 

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6 Comments

  • Richard C May 22, 2017 - 8:58 am Reply

    Does this mean McArthur stays another season? I can see Flamini, Chungy, Sako, Mutch, Joniesta all going which means we will need to recruit a couple of midfielders if Ledley goes as well. Not complaining, those mentioned are all squad players rather than first team starters so improvements need to be carefully thought through. In my view Puncheon and McArthur only have one season left in them at this level as well. Puncheon was particularly poor yesterday giving the ball away far too easily and wasting the opportunities he had to either shoot or lay a killer ball close to the goal. I know he is captain, but I would be looking to move him down the pecking order a bit next season.

    • admin May 22, 2017 - 9:29 am Reply

      It’s a tricky one to be 100% sure on.

      There are rumours of Cabaye going back to France and Jimmy leaving for Brighton but with Ledley leaving, I can’t see us weakening our hand in CM to that great an extent.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh May 22, 2017 - 11:34 am Reply

    I think Ledley just had a bad season. Someone who always gave 100% and could do any role asked of him. Worth another season if he was happy to be a squad player. If not then fair play as he wasn’t going to start every game.

    Personally i think Jonny should be moulded into the next Punch. If he can keep fit he could be a real asset to us.

    • admin May 22, 2017 - 12:17 pm Reply

      A mate of mine say Jonny in Dubai last week.

      He’s fit and ready to hit the ground running in pre-season. He said it’s the last year of his deal coming up so he’s going all out to earn another one.

  • Richard C May 22, 2017 - 2:21 pm Reply

    If that’s true about Johnny I’d like to see him given a go. Always thought he was a better than decent player albeit a bit lightweight, although we can probably carry one lightweight in the team.

    • admin May 22, 2017 - 3:20 pm Reply

      When he’s fit and in full flow, he’s more than good enough for the Premier League. Euro 2016 proved that.

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