Crystal Palace Quiet on Deadline Day as Early Business is Proving to be a Success
The end of the summer transfer window closed on Tuesday evening and for one club the start of the day promised some last minute deals; but ultimately they didn’t materialise.
Alan Pardew and the Eagles owner Steve Parish concluded much of the clubs business in the early part of the window by bringing in Yohan Cabaye, Connor Wickham, Patrick Bamford, Alex McCarthy, and Bakary Sako.
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But as with most transfer deadline days, surprises are always round the corner. And for Palace fans up and down the country, rumours began circulating that QPR’s Charlie Austin was a prime target – one Palace were hoping to get for £15m.
Another deal that was in place was for Michael Hector, Reading’s young defender who has recently earned many plaudits with his displays in the Championship last season. According to Parish it was pretty much complete until the Champions Chelsea came in a struck a deal.
But I am sure Palace fans are not disheartened by the clubs activity on deadline day, after all it could turn out that Palace have signed the coup of the summer in Cabaye – the Frenchman is the club’s record signing at £13m, but it is certainly money well spent on a player that is class act.
But I think Palace concluding their business early in the window has contributed to their terrific early season form; players that have come in have had an almighty impact on the clubs rise to second in the table.
One player that has come in and produce match winning performances for the Eagles is Sako, the Mali international arrived on a free from Wolves, and already he has become a fan favourite with his goals against Aston Villa and Chelsea.
He is a wide-man that can beat people, and also score goals – something Palace lack with Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha.
If he can continue to perform to the high standards he has set in his first two games, Sako will be a huge success at Selhurst Park.
This was the signing that had Palace fans excited, a player with European pedigree was signed to show that the Eagles meant business ahead of the new season – and now that it has started, the affect the former PSG player has had on the side is clear for all to see.
His passing ability has shone through and added an extra dimension to Palace’s attack play. But something that will prove even more valuable as the season wears on is his ability to play in a variety of roles across the middle of the park.
Cabaye has the know-how to play the no.10, he can play the holding role as well, it makes Pardew’s job a little easier when it comes to selecting his midfield.
The final player that has had an impact on the side is McCarthy, many have tipped him to be a future England goalkeeper one day, but at the moment his focus is on keeping club legend Julian Speroni out of the side.
Bearing in mind Speroni is injured, hence the reason why McCarthy has started the season in-between the sticks, but merit where merit is due; the former Reading keeper has made a string of fine saves since the opening week of the season.
And last weekend at Chelsea he made a superb double save which helped the Eagles claim a famous three points.
It was certainly £3m well spent by Palace.
Now the merry-go-round that is the summer transfer window is closed, clubs can focus on their league campaign – for Palace it has been a fabulous start after the fixtures threw out some difficult opening games.
But if Pardew’s men can continue their form they could well be the surprise package of the season.