Journalist hints at reason why Crystal Palace haven't signed many new players this summer


Journalist hints at reason why Crystal Palace haven't signed many new players this summer

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David Ornstein of The Athletic has suggested a potential reason behind the lack of transfer activity at Crystal Palace this summer.

The hugely reliable journalist made the comments when speaking on Rio Ferdinand’s FIVE YouTube channel.

So, what did David Ornstein say about Crystal Palace? Let’s take a look…

What’s the story?

Well, The Athletic’s Football Correspondent was speaking about Chelsea’s interest in Michael Olise before discussing Crystal Palace in a more general sense.

Interestingly, Ornstein made a comment about our £20m academy in the heart of south London, which could suggest that Steve Parish is putting his eggs in that particular basket, rather than exploring the transfer market.

Ornstein said: “Well, they’ve got a good setup there. Steve Parish, as Chairman and co-owner along with his American investors. They’ve got Dougie Freedman as Sporting Director.

“Clearly, there’s not been a great deal of activity inbound so far, but they’ve also got a lot of good, young players there at the club, and a production line that I think they would like to tap into even more going forward.”

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In that respect, it could be argued that Parish and Freedman aren’t signing many players in the transfer market this summer, in fear of blocking pathways for Crystal Palace’s young talent.

Crystal Palace need a balance

If Parish really is planning to bring through a number of academy prospects instead of dipping into the transfer market, we can get on board with that – however, there needs to be a balance.

Roy Hodgson has already lost a number of senior players this summer, as the likes of Wilfried Zaha, James McArthur, Luka Milivojevic and Jack Butland all depart.

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Therefore, we must – at least – sign a few experienced players to help the younger talent develop properly, or else Parish and Freedman will be left with a totally unbalanced squad.

Hopefully, we see more developments across the next month, after a deal was agreed with Flamengo for Matheus Franca – which contained one very interesting clause.

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