Palace chairman Steve Parish spoke at length to the lads from Five Year Plan a few days ago, offering an insight into a wide range of subjects surrounding the club at the moment, including the immediate futures of loanees Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
With both men having performed superbly so far this term, there has been plenty of chatter to suggest that Manchester United and Chelsea respectively may look to recall them from their loans early but according to Parish, that’s highly unlikely to be the case as things stand.
Whilst the pair have both proven themselves to be more than good enough to mix it in the Premier League from week to week during their short time with us, Parish believes that both of their parent clubs accept that we are currently doing a fine job of sculpting them as footballers and individuals, leaving no real temptation to halt that progress partway through the campaign.
Whether or not either club will be open to the idea of a sale in the summer is another debate entirely but you can be pretty sure that the Palace hierarchy will be keen to secure the pair of them on a permanent basis in May. On a personal level, I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high on either front, given how highly rated they both are at their respective clubs but as the old saying goes, “if you don’t buy a ticket, you can’t win the raffle”.
Although Palace’s midfield has been functioning surprisingly well without the injured Loftus-Cheek in recent weeks, Joel Ward’s spell on the treatment table following our 0-0 draw away at West Brom before Christmas has given Fosu-Mensah the opportunity to impress on the right-hand side of defence which the Dutchman has grabbed with both hands.
Having suffered two bad loan experiences with Patrick Bamford and Loic Remy in recent seasons, it’s been great to see the aforementioned duo buy into Palace so willingly since the season got underway in August. Whilst they may still have serious ambitions of making a mark back at their parent clubs, the passion they’ve both shown for the shirt has been commendable, leaving me pleased at the thought of them sticking around until the summer at the very least.