The month of January is a stressful one for everyone in football. Whether you’re a fan, a player, a manager or an owner, the transfer window, at the beginning of every year, is a time of chaos which is loved by some, but hated by others. Due to awful form, this transfer window was crucial for Crystal Palace, in this article, I’ll be looking at the major deals done by Palace last month and giving them a rating out of 10.
Patrick van Aanholt
At last, we finally have an actual left back at the club! Ever since Pape Souare suffered his awful car accident, we’ve been without a senior left back and it’s been very, very costly for us. Martin Kelly and Joel Ward were deployed in that position and it was very clear that they couldn’t do a good enough job there (probably due to the fact that they’re not left backs) so bringing in a natural, Premier League proven player in that position is huge for us. He’s well known for his attacking ability, his crossing and goal scoring prowess is well documented with the Dutchman scoring three times in the Premier League so far this season. His defensive abilities have been publicly questioned by the majority of the mainstream media, however, it was clear that he drastically improved with that side of the game under Big Sam at Sunderland last season, so all in all, I’m extremely pleased with this signing. 8/1o
Due to the complete lack of left sided players we had at the beginning of the window, Sam Allardyce seemed to determined to bring in anybody who was primarily left footed. I’m not quite sure what Schlupp’s best position is, some reports say he’s a left back, however, some people say he’s a left midfielder. With this in mind, I’m going to assume the Ghanaian international will play either as a wing back when we play three centre-backs or as a left midfielder that provides extra cover for the left back. This might be done to give that side extra cover and plug an extremely leaky defense. Schlupp wasn’t first choice at Leicester City this season, subsequently leaving the Premier League champions with no goals or assists this term. I think he will be a good asset for us, he gives lots of pace, an extra defensive option and a fresh face in a clearly disheartened dressing room. Despite his substantial fee of £12.5m, I think he will be important in our relegation fight. 7/10
I don’t know a lot about this man, but what I do know is that his surname is an absolute pain. The Serbian international joined the Eagles from Greek champions Olympiacos for roughly £10.8m on deadline day and it’s safe to say, the majority of the Selhurst faithful don’t know his pedigree. This man is a winner, a leader, a fighter and a warrior, he’s made in the same mould of the man every Palace fan has been missing since Pardew pushed him out – Mile Jedinak. We’ve certainly lacked a leader ever since the club legend moved to Aston Villa, and from what I’ve heard about him, Luka could be the man to fill the bearded Australian’s boots. He’s a tall, strong, old-fashioned defensive midfielder who’s first thought is to shield the defence, win the ball and play a simple pass to his team mate. I think the Serbian international might be our most important signing this window, I can’t wait to see him play in red and blue as soon as possible. 9/10
When I first saw the rumour of this transfer happening, I thought it was completely ridiculous. The idea of having a mistake prone centre back amongst our ranks seems stupid, but it’s clear Sakho does have bags of ability. Jurgen Klopp and Brendan Rogers are the only two managers I’ve seen him play under and neither are exactly renowned for organizing back fours. Perhaps under Big Sam he will learn to cut out the mistakes and, for a total of £3m (including his wages for the remainder of the season,) he could end up being very valuable for us, I’m just not sure how much we can rely on him. Loaning the French international for the rest of the season could either be a blessing or a curse, I hope its not the latter. 6/10
What do you make of the deals done by CPFC this transfer window? Do you think we’ve now got enough to stay in the Premier League? Let us know @officialtff