REPORT: Rakip As Shocked As Anyone To Be Signing For Palace

0 Posted by - January 22, 2018 - News

Palace are expected to announce the loan signing of 21-year-old Swedish midfielder Erdal Rakip today, despite reports across Europe confirming that the Malmo star is all set to sign as long-term permanent deal with Portugese giants Benfica at the same time.

From everything I can gather, both Palace and Benfica have been going head-to-head for the signature of Rakip in recent weeks and despite the man himself having decided on a move to Portugal, it has been agreed that he will in fact spend the next six months in SE25 before heading back to Lisbon over the summer.

As you would expect, there have been all sorts of questions from the Palace faithful over why we would settle for a short-term loan of a player we were clearly keen to sign permanently but when you consider the loss of Ruben Loftus-Cheek to what looks to be a serious ankle injury, (as disclosed in Roy Hodgson’s press conference last Thursday) I have to admit that I see the proposed deal as one which makes rather a lot of sense.

Of course we would rather have a player as highly rated as Rakip on our books for years rather than months but thanks to the wretched start we endured to the 2017/18 season, long-term planning must be done in tandem with short-term gap plugging and in Rakip specifically, we appear to have a player who is more than capable of filling the hole left by the aforementioned Chelsea loanee.

If you believe what is said in this report, news of the short-term move to Palace came as a shock to Rakip as well as our supporters but having been given the chance to test himself in the Premier League before making the switch to Benfica, he’s likely to be feeling rather positive about the future for all sorts of reasons.

Let’s hope he lives up the billing he’s received so far.

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  • tzcar January 22, 2018 - 9:01 am Reply

    on saturdays dreadfull display,any new blood has to be a plus.looking how they played on saturdays,say,s everything as to why we have been fighting relegayion,these past 2 years.their are two many loser,s in the inprove we need new blood,un tainted that can give us a way towards a new start.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh January 22, 2018 - 10:49 am Reply

    If you read the 365 mails (bottom one) it seems this deal is to sweeten the agent for Babacar deal.

    • admin January 22, 2018 - 11:14 am Reply

      That’s Ed, (who regularly comments on here) and I believe the agent in question represents Robin Olsen, the Swedish number one, rather than Babacar.

      Could be wrong though.

      • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh January 22, 2018 - 11:19 am Reply

        Ah, that makes more sense as they are both Swedish. Do you think there is any truth in that rumour? We did sign Jonathan Benteke to placate Christian so it seems plausible to me. I think Erkip has more about him though.

        • admin January 23, 2018 - 8:07 am Reply

          I would imagine it has legs, yeah. He’s genuinely an extremely good keeper.

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