After the hectic few hours Crystal Palace endured in the lead up to the transfer window closing, it has now become clear that the club will be bringing in a free agent to bolster our ranks (most likely in the attacking third of the field) within the next few days.
Thanks to this interview with recently released third choice goalkeeper Kleton Perntreou, we now know that the decision to let him go was one based solely on the need to bring in some extra depth to our outfield ranks before it was too late.
I have to admit, the decision to release the 22-year-old after the transfer deadline, effectively stopping him from joining another club until the window reopens in January, does leave a rather bad taste in the mouth but with the situation in SE25 obviously one of desperation, it looks as though any moral hand-wringing has been happily placed to one side by those who wield the power behind the scenes.
Given the last-minute breakdown of our deal involving Everton striker Oumar Niasse, you would assume that Perntreou will be making way for a striker, who will offer some competition to Christian Benteke in Connor Wickham’s continued absence. Mali international Chieck Diabate is a man who has been mentioned by plenty of Palace fans in the days since the window closed and for my money, a deal to bring him in would make sense, even if it does just represent a short-term fix to an obvious problem.
Whilst the phrase “there’s no point crying over spilt milk” may be thrown in my direction here, I do feel the need to question why we left a move for what was a desperately needed second striker until the final few hours of the transfer window, sabotaging the immediate future of a young goalkeeper in the aftermath as we scrambled to atone for our own mistake.
Who knows, Diabate or whoever else we manage to bring in may prove to be a big hit with the Palace faithful but in future, it would be nice to think that we’ll get most if not all of our business done with at least a few hours left to spare.
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