QUOTES: Parish On A Move For Chelsea’s Loftus-Cheek & Palace’s January Transfer Strategy

1 Posted by - October 11, 2018 - News

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has been speaking at length about the club’s transfer policy, admitting that the spending patterns we adopted in the years immediately after winning promotion to the Premier League were unsustainable in the long-term. 

The chairman’s words came after he was pressed for an update on the chances of the Eagles landing Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek in January, following his successful loan spell with the club last term and whilst Parish didn’t write off our chances of a reunion with the youngster, he did call for caution from supporters over the level of spending they should expect from the club moving forward. 

It’s easy, following big-money deals for the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke, to start feeling as though fees of that size are now the norm for us but in reality, we aren’t a club who are capable of spending that heavily year after year. There is of course still money available in the transfer kitty but windows like the one just gone (when Cheikhou Kouyaté’s £10 million arrival was our biggest outlay) are far more likely to be where we find ourselves for the foreseeable future. 

Speaking from a personal point of view, I’d be far happier to see us scouring the market for undervalued players who fit neatly into our system rather than big-money, ready-made stars who end up costing us in excess of what they’re truly worth. The transfer market isn’t and never will be a perfect science but in such a crowded and often outrageous environment, it pays to search thoroughly for an edge over your competitors, rather than relying on household names.  

The January window is still too far away to start holding serious discussions over who we may or may not target but in terms of the overall strategy we adopt, it’s fair to say that our spending will be far from lavish. 

You can listen to Steve Parish’s full interview with Five Year Plan here.

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  • Mike Ward October 11, 2018 - 7:39 am Reply

    Despite all our hopes and ambitions for signing top class players in every window, it is refreshing to hear our Chairman speaking with the long term interests of the club in his mind rather than his own personal short term glory.
    I think most Palace fans would prefer to remain true to our working class roots rather than have a Chelsea or Man City scenario where we get taken over by people with only their own self-interest at heart.
    I genuinely believe that players like Max Meyer could be a fantastic example of where a player with a huge amount of talent can come in and resurrect their own career spending a couple of years with us before attracting the interests of bigger clubs with more money.
    Either way some of our best players have been these gems that we find. After all Ian Wright cost us a set of tracksuits didn’t he?

  • Gordon October 11, 2018 - 8:43 am Reply

    As I understand it, when clubs like Chelsea allow players to be loaned out, they tie them to a contract extension as a pre-condition. Thinking of this from Ruben’s point of view, it would be far better if he was bought by a club who would play him regularly – and the sooner the better.

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