CPFC’s Failure To Sign A Back-Up For Benteke Is A Total Joke

1 Posted by - September 24, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

The sight of Christian Benteke sitting on the Eithad Stadium turf with a pained look etched across his face hit me like a tonne of bricks. Manchester City may have already been well on their way to securing all three points but the big Belgian’s enforced exit pointed towards something far more damaging than a solitary loss for the Eagles.

After a summer within which fans of the club had begged and begged for the hierarchy to sign a back-up for Christian, we were left without any new attacking signings following the closure of the transfer window. Whilst I try to maintain a level head when discussing club matters on this site, our failure to source a striker of any sort, coupled with the release of Fraizer Campbell feels like nothing more than an act of negligence from those pulling the strings behind the scenes.

For a multitude of reasons, Benteke has acted as a lightening rod for a great deal of criticism that has come the team’s way this season. With the side struggling for goals, points and confidence in general, the former Liverpool has been singled out by many in the press for looking uninterested, lazy and lacking in fight but what if he’s been playing injured all season because there’s no one on the books to step in for him? It’s a possibility and if we’re all honest, no top flight side should ever find themselves in such a bind.

Bids for Oumar Niasse (who coincidentally bagged a match-winning brace for Everton yesterday) and Besiktas’ Cenk Tosun may well have been made in the dying hours of the transfer window but why did we leave it so late given our glaring need for another striker? It just makes no sense.

Having failed to secure them, we released a young goalkeeper to make room for a free agent striker, only to later discover that none of the unattached players were deemed good enough to come in. Now, I don’t claim to be an expert in transfer policy but surely we would have evaluated the strength of the talent pool before leaving a blameless goalkeeper’s career in limbo? If the answer is no, I’m left with no option but to question the professionalism of those shifting the squad around.

I dare say a few people will take exception to the tone of this piece but Benteke’s injury felt like the straw that broke the camel’s back to me. Our supporters (the people our club love to champion as the best in the country when marketing us to foreign markets) deserve better than to be left with a squad that isn’t fit for purpose until January.

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  • David Ellis September 24, 2017 - 11:01 am Reply

    Well said, spot on.

  • Marc G September 24, 2017 - 11:13 am Reply

    This has turned the most optimistic, believing and grateful fans amongst us to feeling let down.
    Heaven forbid but if the worse happens, the board have sent us down this time, not us or the players.

    • admin September 24, 2017 - 11:44 am Reply

      Indeed Marc, it’s a sad state of affairs.

  • Pardewispants September 24, 2017 - 11:14 am Reply

    totally agree, as is the gk situation and lack of winger replacements too hence no goals

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh September 24, 2017 - 11:46 am Reply

    Completely agree. You’d think the board would have learned from Souare’s injury last year how disastrous and expensive it can be not to have back up in any position.

    If the injury is long term then that is another 5-10m selling clubs will ask for in Jan (on top of usual January inflation) as they know we are desperate. How does this fit in with the FFP crap we were fed over summer?

  • Pete Burch September 24, 2017 - 12:06 pm Reply

    I don’t think anyone could take exception to a word you’ve written above Dan.

    Steve Parish’s HOL Radio interview explanation of his input into the transfer window (i.e. trying hard to get someone in and also not wanting to let Fraizer Campbell go) left me with some sympathy at the time I was listening but… and it’s a very big but… it wasn’t rocket science that, with Wickham out until January (and no guarantee he’ll ever be back up to full speed after a cruciate injury), Palace really needed to bust a gut to get another striker in. Ideally we should have got someone in AND kept Campbell.

    We don’t really know the exact dynamic between Steve Parish and whichever manager we’ve got this week when it comes to transfer dealings, but it seems we pinned all our hopes for this season on signing Sakho (despite already having several left-footed defenders by then) with little thought to any of the rest of the team.

    I know there’s a finite budget (unless you’ve got the budget of an oil-rich dictatorship dishing out unrealistically high sponsorship deals and hiding your losses in other teams around the world) but that doesn’t absolve those making the decisions from being sure to achieve some balance in the team.

    It doesn’t look good.

    Unless we can get some Joe 90 specs for Bakary Sako as a makeshift centre forward. At least he was trying very hard last Tuesday.

  • Michael Williams September 24, 2017 - 3:30 pm Reply

    The ineptitude of the Board in general and Parish in particular has now set our Palace back ten years, or worse. The need for a back up striker was obvious to every single fan I know. A Premiership football club may, sadly, no longer be dependent on its fans for its funding. Television rights have relegated us from that role. But, as the Championship looms, the Board should issue a formal apology to us, the fans, whose support will again become pivotal.

    Occasional errors in the transfer market are forgiveable. Embedded incompetence, however, has only one consequence in this competitive league: relegation. And that, when it happens, will not be forgiveable by this fan who first attended Selhurst Park in 1953. I doubt l’ll ever grace its hallowed terraces again.

  • Steve Brett September 24, 2017 - 4:34 pm Reply

    Cant disagree with any of your piece…but we were all saying about the potential loss of Benteke (and Zaha) in the run-in last season..as they were absolutely crucial to our survival cause LAST season. Unbelieveable short sightedness…

    • Michael Williams September 25, 2017 - 9:45 am Reply

      Agreed, Steve. Evidence of enduring dysfunctional management in the transfers area. Now the club pays the price. Sad times.

  • Laurance Mendes September 25, 2017 - 3:16 am Reply

    Parish must go. I hasn’t just happened in the last transfer window. In january 2016, I was aghast that we only brought in Adebeyor. To have only 2 goalies, and now no fit strikers, after hiring De Boer when we needed stability not an idealistic complete change beggars belief. It’s a total mess. If we did survive this season, I don’t think that we can do it every time. Blitzer & Harris, please act?

  • tzcar September 25, 2017 - 8:24 am Reply

    when we go down,i expect parish to fall on his sword.it is true the board have given roy,1 hell of a challenge.but at the same time your all missing the obvious.the players look at the results last 18 months.ward,dann,cabaye,puncheon,schlupp,henessey,kelly.all useless.somehow roy has got to get the rest of the players playing together.yes zaha,s return is a great help.but my advice to roy,get these has beens away from the 1st team to stand a chance.

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