It was only back in January that Polish defender Jaroslaw Jach put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year contract with Crystal Palace but after an underwhelming start to life in SE25, the 24-year-old is fighting to prove that he has what it takes to be a success for the Eagles whilst out on loan with Turkish Super Lig side Çaykur Rizespor.
Capped at full international level already, the 6’4 central defender looked to have all the hallmarks of a ready-made Premier League powerhouse when he first stepped foot in south London but over the course of his first few weeks training with Roy Hodgson’s first-team, it became clear to both the player and Palace’s coaches that he wasn’t yet ready to make the step up to the English top flight.
It would be easy to point the finger and blame the club’s scouting department for overestimating a young defender’s capabilities but in truth, it may just take him a year or two longer than first expected to truly flourish, which appears to be the thinking behind his recent loan move out to Turkey. There were (according to the player himself) plenty of offers for a permanent transfer but Palace pushed for a temporary move in the hope of seeing the Pole develop both physically and technically in the months to come, before returning for another crack at the Premier League.
It should be said, Jach speaks with real authority, alongside an understanding of his limitations and future goals. He, like many before him, could have chosen to sulk and demand a permanent move away from Selhurst Park after failing to hit the ground running but it seems he is truly determined to prove to both Palace and himself that he’s good enough to make it into the first-team eventually and I can’t help but applaud that sort of determination in a player.
So far, he’s made three appearances over in Turkey and whilst he hasn’t exactly set the world alight, he’s grafting in a defence that isn’t blessed with a huge amount of quality. With 234 minutes under his belt already, we can only hope he returns a better rounded player who is capable of making his mark in south London. You certainly can’t fault his work ethic.