The January transfer may have closed but it hasn’t stopped Palace midfielder Jordon Mutch from negotiating with Vancouver Whitecaps over a potential permanent switch away from SE25.
Still just 26, the former Cardiff and QPR man has barely featured for the Eagles in recent seasons but has seemingly been resistant to the idea of moving into English football’s second tier on a permanent basis, bringing the club to something of a dead end over his long-term future.
Clearly surplus to requirements at Selhurst Park, it now appears as though the prospect of a permanent relocation to Canada’s west coast has piqued his interest, potentially bringing to an end a marriage that has been loveless for quite some time.
Whilst no one would deny that Mutch has shown glimpses of his potential over the years, most notably when on Cardiff’s books, his time in SE25 has seen him put little to no effort in when given an opportunity to impress whilst also failing to register a single competitive goal or assist throughout his time with us.
Having been signed for the not unsubstantial sum of £5 million + by Alan Pardew, I don’t think the Palace faithful can be blamed for feeling a tad short-changed by Jordon’s performances or attacking output throughout his time with us, making his potential full-time departure a more than welcome one from my perspective.
There are a fair few players floating around the Palace first-team who are simply spinning their wheels with no real chance of making much of an impact on the pitch and in Mutch’s case specifically, it’s been clear that both he and the club would be better off apart for some time. The fact that it’s taken so long to find a suitable destination for him has infuriated many but now, it finally looks as though we’ll be able to make a clean break from him in the not too distant future; freeing up a decent chunk of money from the wage bill and removing a character who has simply never come close to winning over the hearts of the Palace faithful.
Watch this space.