Roy Hodgson used part of his post-match press conference against Arsenal to fill reporters in on Jaroslaw Jach and Erdal Rakip who are all set to be announced as Palace players later today.
Speculation had been mounting about both men over the last week or so but on Saturday, Roy provided confirmation that both players were all set to don red and blue, with Jach signing permanently and Rakip joining on loan until the end of the 2017/18 season.
With Scott Dann and Mamadou Sakho still out of action thanks to long-term injuries the 23-year-old Polish international Jach will provide Hodgson with much-needed cover at the back, giving current pairing James Tomkins and Martin Kelly room to breathe after a three week spell in which they’ve been our only option at the heart of the defence.
In Rakip, it looks as though we have an ideal replacement for the injured Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with the Swede known to be happiest when being allowed to press into the final third of the field and help the team from an attacking perspective. Having impressed many scouts across Europe, his agreement with Benfica has forced us into a loan deal rather than a permanent one but Roy’s comments above, where he alludes to us “building for the future” led me to believe that we may try to explore a full-time deal for Erdal in the summer if we feel it’s worth our time.
As the gaffer says, neither signing has the sort of star power necessary to excite the masses but when you consider our current needs, there’s an obvious logic behind both deals. We can’t be sure that either player will walk straight into the starting XI but as additions to the squad as a whole, you certainly won’t see me complaining about their presence between now and May.