Palace To Watch Striker This Weekend Before Making A Formal Offer

3 Posted by - January 11, 2019 - News

Just a week or so on from Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson claiming not to know who he was, reports are now suggesting that the club’s Sporting Director Dougie Freedman will go to watch Sunderland striker Josh Maja before deciding whether or not to bid for him during the January window. 

Born in Lewisham, the 20-year-old spent time on the books at both Crystal Palace and Fulham as a teenager before taking the plunge and moving to the Stadium of Light, where he signed professional terms back in 2016. He has been there ever since but with his three-year contract set to come to an end this summer, it looks as though the youngster is stalling over whether or not to put pen to paper on another deal in the North East. 

Having bagged a mightily impressive 16 goals already this term, interest is mounting in him but with no concrete bids on the table as of yet, both he and the Black Cats have little choice but to carry on as normal in the hope of winning more games along the push for promotion back to the Championship in May. It would be easy for Maja himself to find his game hampered by the speculation but if possible, he should put it to the back of his mind until he and his representatives are given a viable opportunity to change things. 

Speaking from a purely personal perspective, I’m not sure hearing that the Crystal Palace manager “had never heard of him” will have painted a particularly positive image in the mind of Josh Maja but it may well just be a huge (albeit risky) bluff from the former England boss to throw the press off the scent in relation to our interest. 

Quite how much we’d be asked to pay to secure Josh’s services, given the time-sensitive nature of his contract with Sunderland is up for debate but with a promotion push to worry about, we may well see their mid-season valuation upped significantly from what you would consider to be the norm for a player of his pedigree. 

The third-placed Black Cats face a top of the table clash with promotion rivals Luton this weekend and with the Hatters having just lost their manager to Stoke, the hosts will likely be relishing the prospect of leapfrogging them into second place. Should Maja get himself on the score-sheet he may well be the subject of an actual bid shortly after; I’ll be keeping a close eye on it for sure. 

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  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh January 11, 2019 - 10:14 am Reply

    Maja is in an interesting situation, apparently Sunderland fans have been booing him due to his refusal to sign a new contract. This makes me think he will be very keen to move on over the transfer window.

    A few different sources have said he doesn’t offer much other than goals and his hold-up/build-up play isn’t great. In that sense he is the polar opposite to anything we have.

  • Bryan Hancock January 11, 2019 - 11:31 am Reply

    Buy for the future and loan back to Sunderland , win win. Interesting he’s ex Palace Academy. Go Dougie.

  • tzcar January 11, 2019 - 12:08 pm Reply

    again this smacks of crap.freedman/parish have had months to have their targets lined up.and yet what have we got,a load of crap.what,s the point of freedman no direction,no lead.every transfer window we wonder around like blind mice.the way this is shaping up,no striker,or a parish usual,panic buy.if we stay up this,l be because of the players just doing enough to get us over the line.there appears to be no future planning on much longer can this go on,when we won,t be able to defy the odds.

    • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh January 11, 2019 - 12:21 pm Reply

      I agree with this sentiment, pretty much every senior decision on the football side of Palace made under Parish has been blind luck and done with little to no long-term strategy. Yes he has improved the commercial side of the club and is keen to develop the facilities and stadium but the transfers, managerial appointments and style of football have been not thought out at all.

      The Solanke one is a classic example. Months to sort out the deal and Parrish is bragging about in the press before we have even determined his medical fitness. This means the deal falls through and we appraently have no real alternatives lined up other than Batschuyi – who we cant afford – Maja – who is unproven – and Abraham – who is most likely prevented from playing due to already having appeared for Chelsea and Villa this season.

  • Elbe January 11, 2019 - 6:02 pm Reply

    Seen a few clips of Maja and he looks to be a natural finisher, [ a rare commodity ] sign him up before some other team grabs him.

    He looks a far better buy than Niasse, who whenever I have seen him play looked hopeless.

    Maja is the right age to be coached by Roy to improve him and he is a long term investment.

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