VIDEO: Parish On Ayew’s Arrival & Keeping Hold Of Wilfried Zaha

1 Posted by - August 10, 2018 - News, Video

Deadline Day rarely passes without Crystal Palace doing some sort of business and yesterday proved to be no different with the Eagles completing a season-long loan deal for Swansea City attacker Jordan Ayew. Once it was all signed and sealed, Steve Parish was on hand to speak to Sky Sports, expressing his happiness at landing the Ghanaian, whilst also discussing the fact that Wilfried Zaha remains an Eagle.

Having seen Mali international Bakary Sako head towards the exit-door at the end of last season, everyone in SE25 knew that the club would need to secure a direct replacement and now, we have that man in the shape of Ayew. For all the noise that’s generated over the attacker’s supposedly poor attitude, Palace boss Roy Hodgson is clearly a big fan and views his goals and general threat-level in the final third as a significant upgrade on what he had at his disposal last term.

After ending the 2017/18 campaign as the Swans’ top scorer, thanks to goals against Palace in both the home and away fixtures, Ayew himself will no doubt be looking to hit double figures again in a bid to end any worries about a potential relegation battle early on in the new season. His arrival was clearly something that excited Parish and rightly so, given the pace and power we now boast as an attacking unit.

Predictably, the Palace chairman was also quizzed about the fact that Wilfried Zaha remains on Palace’s books following the closure of the window, prompting him to speak about the immense quality the 25-year-old possesses. We as supporters have seen speculation surrounding our star man in the past and must prepare for another month of intense speculation in January but for now, we can at least look forward to four months of Wilfried terrorising defences free from speculation over his immediate future.

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  • Rhys Jones August 10, 2018 - 6:24 am Reply

    I think we have done amazingly well this summer when you consider we had a small budget. The players coming in all look like they can bring something to the squad. Keeping hold of Wilf is MASSIVE and most go down as the best bit of the summer. However, that has to be closely followed by the stability Roy has brought. He got the team playing well last season, has added to the squad, had a whole pre-season to carry on making them a team and they also all look fit. Benteke looked like a different man against Tolouse, Wilf is likely to have the season of his life. I’ve never been so excited & confident of having a good season.

    • Gordon August 10, 2018 - 10:19 am Reply

      Too true. Flair, Depth & Stability – our squad looks really solid now. The pundits are raving about the numerous signings made by Wolves, Fulham, Everton & W Ham, but they’re going to find it so difficult getting them all to gel.
      We’ve had a well-planned pre-season. The players seem pretty much up to speed and in good spirits. We’ve done some excellent business during the window. How different to the position we were in at this stage last year? I’m really impressed.

  • Sharpy August 10, 2018 - 6:50 am Reply

    I couldn’t agee more Rhyrs the only thing that would be good to hear now is that Scott Dan is fit and ready to play, not to start but as backup.

  • Coops August 10, 2018 - 7:11 am Reply

    There were too many doubters this summer. If you look back at the previous 4 seasons our squad has gradually got stronger and stronger. Last year we were unlucky with injuries, Tekkas had his worst season as a player since out of nappies and we had the idiot that was FdB, however we still recovered to 11th position. Make no mistake, this is the best Palace side ever to play in the PL and I for one am looking forward to watching us play.

  • terence carter August 10, 2018 - 7:27 am Reply

    i agree now we can look forward to a season free from relegation.ayew is a good signing.those who watched swansea last season would have seen him try his damdest to save swansea.a possitive striker,well fit to take over from benteke,if he again fails.not much money spent,but i guess u could say,the club have done well,with so little to spend.for once no panic buy.well done.

  • Pete Burch August 10, 2018 - 7:50 am Reply

    Agreed. Also looking forward to seeing whether Joniesta and Kaikai get squad numbers at last. I reckon they’d push on well under Roy’s excellent coaching, adding real depth to our squad and genuinely useful impact off the bench in midfield and on the wing; both were good in pre season for my money.

  • Ben August 10, 2018 - 8:03 am Reply

    Nice to see positive comments. Looking forward to the season with a degree of optimism.

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh August 10, 2018 - 8:50 am Reply

    I think this window has shown what having someone like Dougie in can do to getting good, well though out transfers sorted. Meyer and Guatia on frees is a huge coup given they are easily Europa League quality players. Kouyate is very much a Roy player and provides something different to other options and Ayew on loan is a decent squad player for minimal outlay and risk.

    IF everyone stays fit then 7th-9th should be the aim.

    • Gordon August 10, 2018 - 4:31 pm Reply

      I agree, Jose. We’ve done well. Everything seemed to click. But this window shows that transfer dealings are incredibly difficult. Spurs & Man U who are far more attractive than most EPL clubs as destinations for foreign stars and also have the most sophisticated machines to pursue their manager’s goals have had embarrassingly poor windows. When we’ve had bad transfer windows (and we have) I suspect it’s simply because circumstances conspired againstus. This time it all went well. I think much of this is down to Roy who seems to have been clear about his transfer targets and set his sights realistically. All the feedback is that the Hodgson-Parrish-Freedman-Moody set-up worked like a dream. Long may that continue.
      I sense that 2 if not 3 of the top 6 won’t finish in the top 6. Could be a very interesting season.

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