REPORT: Palace Are Lining Up A Move For Mexican International Star

1 Posted by - October 9, 2018 - News

Crystal Palace scouts have been regularly spotted over in Portugal watching FC Porto matches so far this season and after some initial uncertainty over the who exactly they’ve been keeping an eye on, it now looks close to certain that it’s midfielder Hector Herrera. 

The 28-year-old Mexican has been a star at domestic and international level for a fair few years now and is consequently being tracked by a vast number of clubs with his contract set to expire at the end of the current season. Clearly, his talents have impressed Palace, who have had representatives watching him in recent home games against Tondela and Galatasaray, in which he has been one of the side’s better performers. 

Having failed in their attempts to land Ruben Loftus-Cheek over the summer, Palace strengthened their midfield with the additions of Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyaté but as of yet, Roy Hodgson has failed to integrate either man into a regular starting role in the team, with the likes of McArthur, Milivojevic and Schlupp all making regular starts instead. 

It’s a conundrum which has led to plenty of dropped points against some of the division’s weaker outfits and left fans wondering about the tactical philosophies we’ve adopted since the season got underway back in August. There’s a good chance that Herrera’s dynamism and experience is seen as the perfect antidote to our problems but with such a solid reputation across the continent we may struggle to convince him to make the switch to Selhurst Park.

The financial incentive that comes with signing a player on a free transfer is there for all to see, meaning the number of potential suitors is bound to be high. If we are serious about bringing someone of Herrera’s quality on board, we would have to be convincing his representatives of our interest now in a bid to build up a relationship prior to the fight that is sure to erupt over his signature next summer. 

Do we stand a chance? Only time will tell. 

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5 Comments

  • tzcar October 9, 2018 - 7:42 am Reply

    sorry to change the subject but i feel this needs saying.firstly i do not blame parish for this predicament.secondly,the palace fans arn,t stupid,you can feel the tide is turning against rh.and rightly so.u look at brighton,they don,t have anywhere near the quality of player we have,but they sit mid-table.for me everything eminates from the manager.getting meyer/kouyate,and sitting on them makes no sense.it,s clear meyer can play the cabaye role.and kouyate the inforcer.but week after week mcarthur/schlupp.unless rh,changes personel and tactics i feel rh,will be gone by christmas.so sad,but i feel next 6 games hold,s his destiny.

  • Ben October 9, 2018 - 11:04 am Reply

    Tzcar, agree wholeheartedly. Can’t understa his thinking around Meyer particularly. Unless he’s seeeing something on the training pitch that fans are unaware of, it makes no sense not starting him. RH seems to be really stubborn around certain things. There was the strange decision he was making around not using the bench at all for a long run of games and now this. The only other thing I can think of is that he’s keeping Meyer on a short leash because of his supposed discipline problems he had at his last club. Who knows?

  • Gordon October 9, 2018 - 9:06 pm Reply

    I’m hitting these posts later than you guys atm so some of my replies are on earlier reports.
    The gist of my comments if you missed them (and If you’re interested!) were that Meyer must be a regular starter, our attack has been blunt, but in our most recent games we’ve run 2 excellent teams very close.
    I’m not yet ready to give up on RH. It’s far, far too early for that! And who else if not him? Sure, he’s set in his ways, but his ways have brought him success throughout a long and illustrious managerial career. I’d prefer to have a manager who tweaks his team gradually rather than bringing in wholesale changes. I have faith in him. It’s only a few months since he saved us. Can’t see why anyone would or should be so panicky so soon into this season.
    Yes, we’ve played badly – eg Southampton & Newcastle. But we’ve also played well without winning the points we deserved – eg Liverpool & Watford..
    It’s early days. Keep the faith.

    • Eric The Ninja October 10, 2018 - 10:44 am Reply

      Agreed.

  • Gordon October 9, 2018 - 9:15 pm Reply

    And btw, Brighton have just 1 point more than us and the same goal difference. If they’re mid table then so are we.

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