A Brilliant Analysis Of Palace’s Summer Struggles In The Transfer Market

1 Posted by - July 26, 2018 - News

Crystal Palace’s summer transfer window has been remarkably uneventful so far, prompting many to wonder where all the Eagles’ money has gone. There are plenty of reasons for our belt-tightening, most of which have been detailed perfectly in this piece. 

There isn’t a football fan alive who feels as though his team couldn’t be improved with one or two additions in each and every transfer window; in Palace’s case, the most pressing need comes in the centre of midfield and out wide. Having lost Yohan Cabaye, Bakary Sako and Ruben Loftus-Cheek after their contracts and loan ended in June, fans are desperate to see replacements found but at the time of writing, the only confirmed arrival in SE25 has been Vicente Guaita, the goalkeeper whose summer move was sorted in January. 

The Palace faithful are a remarkably understanding bunch, listening to the explanations of transfer instalment hangovers, high net spend, an astronomical wage bill and next to nothing in player sales with patience and sympathy for those behind the scenes but it doesn’t stop thousands quite rightly wondering how, heading into our sixth consecutive season in the Premier League, we find ourselves with such little room for manoeuvre. 

There has recently been talk of moves for Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons, German 22-year-old free agent Max Meyer and West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté, all of which hints at the cupboard not being totally bare but in reality, we won’t be spending more than about £10-12 million this summer, which is a dramatic departure to many of our recent windows. 

To put things into the simplest perspective possible, we’ve been outlaying money at the rate of a top eight side, despite having the budget of a bottom eight club; a business strategy that is obviously not sustainable in the long-term. The hope is that the core group we already have, strengthened with one or two shrewd additions before the deadline, will give Roy Hodgson enough to keep us afloat for another year, at which time, the budgetary constraints will have loosened somewhat. 

We’re lucky to have such an understanding boss willing to fight our corner.  

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  • Spiceboy July 26, 2018 - 6:58 am Reply

    That’s the problem with palace we buy players with no potential sell on fee which is why we never recoup any money. The only player we are linked with who is any good is maxi boy at 22 and his free so gotta be the best option but it’s whether he will want to join us and whether Hodgson can sort out his attitude. 10 million for Kouyaté who was dire last season is a joke I’d rather spend it on Antonio. We can just loan two CM there seems to be an abudunce who will soon be available for loan so we should just wait. This board is dire in the market I’m not expecting much if anything but do not want Kouyaté and defo need two quality loan signings.

  • terence carter July 26, 2018 - 7:14 am Reply

    so we should have understanding for parish,s mismanagement of players.over spending,and total lack of a workable plan.well i don,t benteke/saha,were they really the only alternative at the time.no.parish has no strategy,he dithers and then at the last moment panics.the answer is this buy now,or in desperation in january when prices even highjer.to put all this on roy,and expect him to wave a majic wand,is unfair.yes and why kouyate when they,ve been linked with antonio.what the hell is this.at the moment with our squad,i feel huddersfield,cardiff,and us will fill bottom 3 places come next january.i personally have at present very little faith in parish improving our team.

    • Wiseoldowl July 26, 2018 - 9:09 am Reply

      Terence, it always sounds like you hate supporting Palace. On the one hand you want the club to spend big every transfer window, and then you criticise for overspending. Which way do you want it? The article above puts it very well by saying we’ve spent like a top 8 club but with a bottom 8 budget. And are you really suggesting ‘Saha’ was a bad option?!

      Kouyate and Antonio are totally different players, so it’s quite normal that a club has looked at them both (amongst many others in either position). Our squad finished 11th last season, despite the worst start in PL history. Everyone knows we need to replace two regulars (RLC & Cabaye) but while Sako could be is a miss, let’s bear in mind he only started 4 games last year and wanted big bucks to stick around.

  • Ben July 26, 2018 - 11:30 am Reply

    Wise old owl, I’m glad I’m not the only one who has the view that Terence carter seems to have an intense dislike of our club. Why he dislikes the chairman so much is a mystery and obviously has no idea of the recent history of the club. The reasons for our lack of spending has been well documented for weeks and I for one totally understand the reasons why. As I mentioned yesterday, it’s time to get behind the club and stop moaning about facts that can’t be changed.

    • Gordon July 26, 2018 - 11:32 pm Reply

      Ben, Terence has a right to express his opinions here and I always look forward to reading them even if I don’t always agree with them. He’s by my reckoning the most regular contributor here. It’s clear to me that he has an intense feeling of support for our club but is hugely frustrated (as I am at times) by our limitations and not knowing what’s going on behind the scenes in the management of our club. By all means question his opinions, but please don’t question his loyalty.

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh July 26, 2018 - 12:50 pm Reply

    In fairness to Terrance i do think Parrish has some explaining to do over our finances (rent paid to his business for office, trebling his weekly salary, using his business as providers of services etc.) and his Levy-esqu control over transfer (See every window in the Prem).

    Parrish and co did save the club in 2010 but they actually hindered our promotion push (fall out with Dougie) and have made a lot of mistakes over the years, hence the predicament we are in.

    The best PL window we had was when Iain Moody was in charge of transfers and we picked up Dann, Ledley, Hennessey and Ince for peanuts. If the American money is being used to build the stadium then fine, if not they don’t seem to be doing anything and should pony up cash to replace Cabeye and RLC. Last thing we want is another Jan like 2017 where we spend over the odds on some (Admittedly good) players but hinder ourselves for the next 3 windows.

    This summer Lafont went for 6m, Ronnow for 4m and Amadou for 12m. These were players who we were targeting and have missed out on. None are that expensive and have gone to leagues that don’t pay great wages. Likewise we have been linked to Fredericks (free) Schurle (loan) and Wilshere (free) this summer and have missed out on all three.

    This year we mirror Newcastle, great manager with love of the fans who is hamstrung by the board. If that means out academy players flourish then it is worth it to have a Palace produced team playing in a redeveloped Selhurst. If it doesn’t then we will end up like Swansea and Sunderland. Never boring being Palace.

    • Gordon July 27, 2018 - 12:00 am Reply

      Can’t remember which year Moody was involved, but I think the signings you refer to were under Pulis in the winter transfer window of the the 13/14 season. That was when we signed Hennessey, Ledley, Puncheon, Dann & Ince (on loan) with no outgoings. Some great signings for just £10m – but remember transfer prices were not as extortionate then as they are now.
      Dann was a great signing. Hennessey & Ledley did well although Ince didn’t produce the goods – and Hennessey has been vilified more recently (but not by me I hasten to add).

      • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh July 27, 2018 - 9:42 am Reply

        That was the window, yes. Moody did the deals then lost his job in the wake the Mackay texts and leaking the Cardiff teamsheet to Dougie who then grassed to Cardiff.

  • Eric The Ninja July 26, 2018 - 2:10 pm Reply

    Fabian Schaar (Newcastle target) available for 3.5m release clause, May Meyer (optimistic but potentially big sell-on), one or two loans (praying for RLC again). Done.

  • Pete Burch July 26, 2018 - 5:24 pm Reply

    On pre season performance (under Saint Roy’s guidance maybe), Joniesta, KaiKai & Lumeka will save us. And Schlupp looks quality in front of PvA.

  • Gordon July 27, 2018 - 12:35 am Reply

    Not sure this article was particularly good.
    First, Hodgson’s England record & comments under intense pressure have little if any relevance to his ability as a club manager.
    Second, we all know that we’ve overspent to remain in the Premier League. Nothing new there.
    Third, selling to buy is something that wasn’t done well by recent managers such as Pulis, Allardyce & deBoer. Only Pardew did good business in this respect.
    Fourthly, despite our managerial merry-go-round, our first team squad is vastly superior to the one we had just 3, 4, or 5 years ago.
    Fifthly, Zaha doesn’t need to be sold to sign new players. We have league winning under 23s & under 18s. We need to unleash some of the young talent we already possess. We also need to some loan deals.

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