Crystal Palace officially announced the signing of Polish central defender Jaroslaw Jach yesterday afternoon, with the 23-year-old’s first interview as an Eagle available to watch in full via the link just below.
Having agreed to a three-and-a-half year contract in SE25, Jarek (as he prefers to be known) becomes Roy Hodgson’s first permanent signing as Palace boss, with the move clearly something he’s enthused by having turned down interest from Bundesliga outfit Ingolstadt to make the switch the Selhurst Park.
Whilst the above interview was conducted with Chris Grierson speaking English and Jarek sticking to Polish, the enthusiasm and authority he spoke with, for someone who is still so young, was extremely encouraging to me. Evidentially, he has done plenty of his own research on the club, including gaining an understanding of our rivalry with Brighton but on top of that, his attitude towards the game as a whole gives the impression that he has an old head on young shoulders.
Jach is well aware of the boost playing in the Premier League will give to his chances of making it into Poland’s squad for the upcoming World Cup in Russia this summer but is under no illusions over the hard work he’ll have to put in if he is to break into the starting XI over the likes of James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho and Martin Kelly when the four of them are battling it out for two places in the side.
Standing at an imposing 6″4, it was good to learn that Palace had identified him as a target a few months ago and done their due diligence before making a move in January. Concerns have regularly been raised over the haphazard nature of our transfer policy in recent years but with Dougie Freedman now on board behind the scenes, it looks as though we’re heading into transfer windows with a far more solid grasp of our overall strategy than we have in recent times.
I can’t pretend that I’ve seen much of Jach, making it virtually impossible for me to pass judgement on his chances of success in England but as a starting point I would suggest that if Dougie and Roy are pleased with his acquisition, we should be too.