This Piece Sums Up The Hopeless Romantic Lurking Within Every Palace Fan

0 Posted by - July 3, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

Summers without football can be a bewildering time for fans of the beautiful game but for one supporter in particular, Frank de Boer’s appointment at Crystal Palace coincides wonderfully with a special time in the sporting calendar. 

This beautifully written piece strikes upon the short yet magical spell when anything is possible for your club, as de Boer proves. 

Having worked our way through a succession of functional British bosses since returning to the Premier League in 2013, de Boer’s arrival in SE25 is the very definition of a break from normality. Whilst there is obviously an element of risk attached to the appointment, the possibilities offered by the Dutchman’s presence in the Selhurst Park dugout have put a spring in the steps of Palace fans everywhere, which all feeds into the writer’s belief that the summer lull is a fantastic time to be a football fan. 

Avoiding discussions of tactics or incoming transfers, the aforementioned feature focusses unashamedly on the emotional side of the game; the one which allows every supporter to dream that his side will be performing heroics on a par with Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City side the following May. For these brief few weeks, the fixture list offers nothing but possibilities, sitting in glorious isolation like an overnight snowfall at first light. 

The pragmatists amongst us will have plenty of concerns over de Boer’s tenure in the weeks before the season bursts into life. Is he tactically aware enough to flourish? Was his spell at Inter just a blip or a sign of a serious problem? How will his possession-based style gel with our players? but in truth, we should cherish these fleeting moments of potential for what they represent rather than fretting too much about what the future may bring. 

The article linked at the top of the page may not be everyone’s cup of tea but for me, it offers a wonderful insight into the hopeless romantic lurking deep within every football fan. 


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  • Spiceboy July 3, 2017 - 8:03 am Reply

    Hoppo the romantic in me still hopes believes and wishes that we can sign mamma from Liverpool. Hand on heart I believe if he did not come in and sure up that defence we would be playing championship football by now. That alone must justify us buying him for £25 million. A saviour a legend and at times a one more defensive unit I say parish bring him home u owe him our premiership status. Also buy tete I can’t watch ward at right back anymore gets caught out defensively far too often.

    • admin July 3, 2017 - 9:03 am Reply

      Whilst I completely understand everyone’s desperation to bring Sakho back, I think it’s important to remember the budgetary constraints we’re working under.

      We spent the most of any club in January and now have three players (thanks to Zaha’s new deal) on more than £100,000 a week. Although, in theory we can afford to bring Sakho back, I think you and plenty of others would agree that we need more than one (admittedly top class) centre-back to progress from the 2016/17 season.

      At £25-30 million plus another £100,000+ on the wage bill, we would be severely limiting our ability to add other pieces to the squad whereas we could bring in say Veltman and Rami for less combined and still have money to spare for Tete and others.

      It’s a balancing act but once you take an element of sentimentality out of the equation, it’s easy to see why we’re now looking at other options.

  • Spiceboy July 3, 2017 - 10:29 am Reply

    Hoppo the other way to look at it is sakho is world class a leader and held that defence together pretty much single handed plus he has premier league experience. Yes we could buy an over the hill rami for 5 mil a waste, buy veltman for 10 million no premier league experience might not hack it. Tete is well worth a gamble though cheap as chips we should defo sign him. We need a spine to the team get sakho in promote a few youngsters and buy some cheap players like tete it’s not rocket science. We spent what 26 million in January Everton have spent 96 million including January so u can’t tell me the money isn’t there.

    • admin July 3, 2017 - 10:33 am Reply

      Everton have a new owner intent on bankrolling them into the Champions League rapidly.

      The money is there but it’s a case of deciding how we’d like to approach the next 5-10 years. de Boer has been brought in with the remit of promoting kids and building an ethos of togetherness and careful planning, I can’t blame him if he doesn’t want to blow 80% of his summer budget on one player.

  • Spiceboy July 3, 2017 - 10:32 am Reply

    Ps No I only think we need one world class centre back lol dann, Tomkins and Kelly are great partners for sakho we have already seen that.

    • admin July 3, 2017 - 11:13 am Reply

      Haha! Yeah, two Mamadou Sakho’s really would be going overboard!

  • Marty July 3, 2017 - 11:53 am Reply

    Can we remember we sold a certain Bolasie for 30 million and Gayle for 10-15 million last summer. We brought in Tomkins 1w million and Benteke for just under 30 million. Take those 2 into consideration I don’t think we’ve spent all that much. We’ve also got a good 3 or 4 players to sell which could give us another 15 – 20 million. Just saying.

    Maybe We’re just playing the Sakho situation differently because we stayed our intent to clearly for Benteke and gave ourselves no room to negotiate. Maybe waiting to see where Stoke can get his price to on their own, with Liverpool thinking there is no competition, then swoop in at the last minute if the transfer fee comes down. Or if Liverpool don’t budge and there are no other 30 million offers on the table we could bring him back in on a season loan.

    • admin July 3, 2017 - 12:09 pm Reply

      Perhaps that is the case, Marty. I do think our wage bill (or more accurately the potential for it to get out of control) is an actual concern behind the scenes though.

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