An Analysis Of CPFC’s Bid To Sign A Keeper – A Real Tale Of Woe

0 Posted by - February 1, 2018 - Daily Thoughts, News

Crystal Palace’s efforts to bring a third goalkeeper to the club during the January transfer window ran headfirst into a brick wall yesterday evening, when moves for Vicente Guaita and Frederick Ronnow were written off.

Whilst the month-long saga involving Getafe number one Vicente Guaita has seemingly resulted in the Spaniard agreeing to join the Eagles when his current contract runs out in the summer, there had been real hope, both from the player and the Palace hierarchy, that his current employers would back down and allow him to leave for a fee in the closing stages of the window; that hope was seemingly extinguished at around 8pm last night.

Whilst it will be great to welcome him into the fold over the summer, we now have to face up to the fact that both of our current first-team keepers will see their deals expire When the current campaign draws to a close, leaving just one guaranteed keeper on our books heading into the 2018/19 season.

Of course, there was an expectation that Frederick Ronnow would offer competition for a starting place to the aforementioned Guaita but after seeing a proposed move for him break down on the second Deadline Day in succession, you have to wonder if Brondby have ever really been that keen on the idea of letting him leave at all.

Still under contract with his current employers until the summer of 2019, the 25-year-old Dane could feasibly be the subject of another failed last-minute bid from Palace at the end of the next transfer window, such is the pattern that’s beginning to form. Of course, you’d hope we’d have done all of the necessary background work by then but in truth, we’ve known about Roy Hodgson’s desire to have three first-team keepers on the books since he first arrived and now face another four months with no further reinforcements in that area following the closure of the transfer window.

Whilst the overall trend in our results of late has been overwhelmingly positive, it’s difficult to escape the feeling that our business yesterday left a disappointing after-taste. We can of course muddle by with the two goalkeepers we already have on our books but having waited so long for news on a new stopper, it feels like an anticlimax of epic proportions to be heading into final few months of the season without a new face in between the sticks.

We battle on.

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  • Spiceboy February 1, 2018 - 7:26 am Reply

    I told you all that freedman is getting money for nothing now I’m gonna get his job. Seriously the summer & January transfer windows were a disgrace. Freedman out

  • Malcolm McKay February 1, 2018 - 8:14 am Reply

    Blaming Dougie Freedman is ridiculous his job was to identify and presumably put a value on potential targets in conjunction with the Manager. It is then down to the board to negotiate with the club but if they don’t want to sell or accept our valuation then there can be no deal.
    I suspect Spiceboy has never forgiven Dougie for leaving Crystal Palace for Bolton.

  • tzcar February 1, 2018 - 8:42 am Reply

    u can,t just blame freedman.look at the history.parish and co.HAVE BEEN APPALLING ON TRANSFER,S FOR LAST 2 YEARS.a mess is what most of us expected.parish spends too much time preening himself.not a great chairman, on the football front.too corporate.thank yourself lucky,we have roy,to guide us to safety.if we manage to survive.this will be all done to him.not self-satisfied parish.

  • Spiceboy February 1, 2018 - 9:09 am Reply

    Malcome nope actually I gave full credit for freedman for taking us up as that muppet who took over nearly screwed us up completely. Freedman is in charge of who we get in those were Roy’s words so between him and Parish they were complete idiots both windows. Amadou was a lot of wasted time the keeper was a joke and seriously nobody has ever heard of that striker. They should of terminated cheeks loan bought in slimani and signed a keeper. In the summer if we stay up I would look at selling PVA as I rekon big Sam will be interested and get money + lookman in a swap deal as he clearly isn’t in big sams plans. Then buy a decent left & right back make the scouts earn their money. If benteke continues to be lazy get him off the wage bill and buy 2 strikers. Caba when he leaves need a creative midfielder. Striker I’d try for ichinacho of leister. There u go Malcolm already done more prep work than freedman who does FA

    • Wiseoldowl February 1, 2018 - 10:08 am Reply

      Agree with Steve and Malcolm, who can see the bigger, realistic picture

      • ee signing February 1, 2018 - 7:05 pm Reply

        Thats a wishlist not a job of work Spiceboy You’ve named a lot of people you want out but hardly anyone in. I think Dougies safe in his job for now or you’d leave us with no squad at all.

    • Sharpy February 1, 2018 - 10:16 am Reply

      And then I’ll put one of my teath under the pillow and find a nice shiny pound in its place in the morning !

  • Steve February 1, 2018 - 9:28 am Reply

    Freedman was put in place after the summer window. Actually I think he is doing a good job. For the first time it seems we are buying in promising youngsters for the next generation; not just paying inflated prices for Liverpool’s “end of season sale”. I think Benteke is a great player, scoring or not, and the run the team have been on post-Boer proves we are better than we think we are. We need squad players now; we need a plan for the future; we need to buy in the best quality at the cheapest prices. That is a really hard ask and it can’t be done these days without a Director of Football. Freedman has done well. I hope Southgate will join the team when he has had enough of the England job. Hodgson’s reign has been a fantastic success and Parish has brought the club more success than it has ever had. On balance it’s all good and real fans need to praise the Club more when things are heading in the right direction.

    • Sharpy February 1, 2018 - 10:08 am Reply

      Well Said Steve !!!!!!

  • Spiceboy February 1, 2018 - 9:56 am Reply

    If you think Benteke is a great player Steve that’s all i need to dismiss all of your above comments. He is a lazy player who does not work for the team and him taking the ball from Milo for the penalty sums him up when he turned 3 points into 1. If you are thinking of the Villa Benteke i would agree with you but alas he is just sitting in a comfortable position now like Mutch, who we can’t shift or give away. Hodgson has done well but has received no support from Freedman or Parish. I am not anti Parish he saved our club but as a club we are as clueless as Arsenal in the transfer windows. Anyway as a real fan i hope we stay up and i hope the arrival of this striker actually kick starts Benteke’s season and his work rate goes up from 0 to at least 10%. Also why keep Cheek? we could of loaned Lockman or attempted too because if Zaha or Townsend now get injured it’s pretty much game over. End of rant.

  • Sharpy February 1, 2018 - 10:05 am Reply

    It’s got nothing to do with Freedman, we’d all I think be happy if one of the keepers and the midfielder from France ( forgotten his name) came in, it looks like the players wanted to come as well just shows how hard it is to get deals done with teams not wanting to let players go without replacements. It’ sounds like the deals had been agreed as far as money just getting in replacements made them fall at the last. We’d been talking to these clubs all window so you would have thought they would have found signings for themselves.

  • Storteagle February 1, 2018 - 11:23 am Reply

    If we really needed a goalkeeper and a midfielder and two strikers, had identified the right targets and their clubs had agreed to sell, why leave it to the last minute to conclude the deals? To then offer nearly the asking price and then fail is a lamentable tactic. We seem to be getting good at it though.

    • Sharpy February 1, 2018 - 11:44 am Reply

      Because the clubs we’re buying from won’t sell without replacements

      • Spiceboy February 1, 2018 - 4:12 pm Reply

        Sharpy i think that was Storteagles point why chase players where the clubs either can’t sell ie Lille because they cannot buy a replacement due to a transfer embargo or cannot recall a player to enable the deal to go through, or if like we all know the priority was a striker and a keeper leave it until the last minute and lose out completely. Poor transfer policy yet again how you can justify it is beyond me. Do you not agree that Slimani or Lockman would of been good loan deals and terminate Cheeks as he is high;y unlikely to come back this season.

        • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh February 1, 2018 - 5:00 pm Reply

          Can only have two premier league loans so Fosu-Mensah would need to go back too.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh February 1, 2018 - 1:00 pm Reply

    The window has had quite a few positives although i am still left with a bitter taste in my mouth. Plus points:

    1. Finally signing some promising young players who we can develop and sell on. Agree that Benteke, Cabeye, Townsend, Sako are good players but the contracts and fees make FFP tough for our thin injury-prone squad.

    2. We signed some player early. Jach and Rakip done well before deadline day and bedding in nicely. Not sure why they didn’t make bench against West Ham but a few more training sessions and they should be up to speed.

    3. Whether we go up or down, these signings will be here and won’t bankrupt us.

    However, in many ways it was more of the same:

    1. Everyone knows we need a keeper and striker. Why were these not the priority?

    2. Completely dicked around with Guatia; either he is worth the money or he isn’t. We might be able to sign loads of players for free in summer 2019 or 2020 but if we need them now then the value is relative.

    3. More than one striker needed now Sako is injured AND Wickham not in squad (injured). How Babacar ended up moving to an Italian team for peanuts is beyond me.

    4. Amadou. If he is needed then stump up 2m, tiny sum in comparison to cost of going down. If not, then why have him in for a medical? Shambles


    1. I feel sorry for Roy. He has done an incredible job with very limited amount and quality of players yet has received very little financial backing. Allardyce got loads of money in Jan despite a much worse start. Seems Roy has been punished for getting points on the baord early.

    2 Freedman seems hamstrung by Parrish and co. He is there to find and convince players, board do the fees and details. Parrish seems to sweat the small stuff and miss the bigger picture. A proper footballing negotiator is needed to bridge the keep between scouting/coaching and board level.

    3. There are probably 3-6 clubs who had worse windows and squads than us. Despite a thin squad we should stay up and a proper effort is needed in the summer to prevent this from happening once again.

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