Crystal Palace look all set to announce the signing of Polish central defender Jaroslaw Jach today, following the agreement of personal terms over the weekend.
Despite having already been linked with moves to Sampdoria and Ingolstadt earlier in the transfer window, it seems as though the 23-year-old has plumped for a move to SE25, where he will bolster Roy Hodgson’s defensive options after a spate of serious injuries in recent weeks.
For someone who is still so young, Palace fans will be pleased to learn that Jach already has two caps in the Polish national side to his name, signalling a potentially bright future for him on these shores. Whilst I’m sure I don’t need to explain the leap in quality between Poland’s top division and the Premier League, I have faith in Roy and the coaching staff whipping Jach into shape within a couple of weeks, if indeed he needs any real guidance to make the step up in the first place.
Having spent big on the likes of Benteke, Sakho, Van Aanholt and Schlupp in the last couple of years, I’m pleased to see a deal being done midway through the January window with a fee that is believed to be well below the £5 million mark. For all the excitement that big money transfers generate, a squad such as ours should thrive on the signings that represent good value for money, with Jach, should he flourish in England, bound to skyrocket in price.
After losing Scott Dann for the season and Schlupp until April, not to mention Mamadou Sakho’s continued absence from the first-team squad, it goes without saying that Jach’s arrival will give Roy and the other coaches some much needed breathing room. Whilst James Tomkins has been magnificent at the heart of our defence in recent weeks, he’s notoriously injury prone, leaving me and I’m sure plenty of others worried every time he’s named in the starting XI without a quality back-up put on the substitute’s bench.
It would be foolish to expect too much of Jach straightaway but I trust that our scouts haven’t purchased a dud by bringing him in. Should Sakho return as expected in two to three weeks time, both Kelly and Jaroslaw will be available as back-up options in case of further injuries, which after the headaches we’ve endured since Christmas, feels like virtual paradise from a depth perspective.
The 4-1 defeat at Arsenal was hard to take but we must focus on the bigger picture; a task that’s made far easier when new faces are all set to be announced by the club.