Jordon Mutch finally looks to have a viable exit-route from Crystal Palace following more than a year out of the first-team picture in SE25.
The 26-year-old appears all set to make a year-long loan move to MLS outfit Vancouver Whitecaps with sources at ESPN suggesting that a deal between the two clubs will be formally finalised in the next 24-48 hours.
Having failed to feature at all for Roy Hodgson’s side this season, Mutch has only managed to make it onto the bench on three occasions, leaving him with no option other than to seek employment elsewhere if he is serious about getting game-time in the near future.
The former QPR man was brought to Palace by Alan Pardew in 2015, signing a four-year deal in a transfer that was reportedly worth more than £5 million to the Hoops. Clearly, our former gaffer saw something he really liked in Jordon but three years and a mere 40 appearances later, it appears as though he’s finally making his way towards the exit door.
There have been other potential destinations mentioned over the last year or so, including Bolton Wanderers and Burton Albion down in the Championship but on both of those occasions, it sounds as if Mutch himself put the breaks on things, preferring to stay put in south London regardless of the fact that he was getting nowhere near the first-team.
It says a lot, given how stretched we currently are by injuries, that those within the club hierarchy are still willing to let a registered first-team player leave the club for a year. Obviously, all of the relevant parties are now convinced that Jordon’s future lies away from SE25 but even so, it’s a telling sign of how far the midfielder has fallen down the pecking order over the last six months.
Will we ever see Mutch playing in a Palace shirt again? I doubt it. Will his arrival go down as one of the most underwhelming signings in recent memory? Almost certainly.
Good luck to him out on Canada’s west coast.