In the close to three years Jordon Mutch has been on the books at Crystal Palace, he’s managed a grand total of 31 Premier League appearances and scored 0 goals. Given those statistics, it’s little wonder that no one appears to be willing to take him off our hands.
Originally brought in by Alan Pardew, the former Cardiff and QPR midfielder has never been able to find his feet in red and blue, which, given his reported £4.75 million transfer fee and four-and-a-half year contract, is a continuing source of stress for thousands of Palace fans.
Barely used by Pardew, Allardyce, De Boer or Hodgson, the 25-year-old is almost certainly keen to embark upon a new challenge but as of yet, both he and the club appear to be finding it rather difficult to find anyone who is willing to accommodate him on a permanent basis.
After a proposed summer move to Burton Albion broke down on Deadline Day, there had been hopes of a possible move to Reading where he played on loan last season but yesterday, Royals boss Jaap Stam poured a figurative bucket of cold water on the rumours, leaving both Mutch and Palace in limbo for the foreseeable future.
Given the fact that he’s still remarkably young, you’d think he would have at least one or two suitors in the second tier but given his wages (Premier League footballers don’t work for peanuts after all) I would imagine plenty of clubs have serious reservations about a move based on the lack of game time he’s been afforded in SE25 since signing up at the start of 2015.
With central midfield already a heavily stacked area of the Palace squad and Roy Hodgson giving no one the slightest indication that he’s set to give Mutch a chance to prove himself, we could well be set for another 18 months together. Quite why we decided to give him such a long-term deal I’ll never know but it’s certainly hurting us more and more as time goes by.